District of Columbia
Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is excited to announce a recently formed partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment on the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program.  The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to protect and enhance, directly or indirectly, the District’s water bodies or watersheds.  Another goal is to create new community partners and strengthen existing relationships with community-based organizations and small businesses.  This program will support community-oriented and inspired projects that are designed to increase knowledge and lead to behavior change as it relates to watershed and stormwater-related issues.

What this does this program fund?  Activities such as educational events/workshops, installation and maintenance of runoff reducing green infrastructure, art installations, restoration of habitat, litter or pollution reduction or other project-types that meet the goals of the grant program.  Projects should be inspired and supported by the priority community within the District. See the RFA for full list of eligible project types.

Who can apply? The funding partners welcome requests from non-profit organizations, small businesses, schools and universities, government agencies, and more. See the RFA for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded? Tier 1: up to $30,000 and Tier 2: $30,000 to $50,000

How much is available in the program? $200,000

Is match required? In-kind and cash match is not required but can be included, if necessary, to accomplish project goals.

Grant Application Process: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system, using the “New Grant” button to the right.

Grant Application Budget Form: Applicants are required to submit a budget using the “Community Stormwater Solutions Application Budget” spreadsheet found here.

Grant-writing and Application Support: We will offering free workshops to learn about the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program, ‘do’s and don’ts’ of grant-writing, and one-on-one application and project development assistance. Check back here for dates and details!

Workshop Topics and Assistance will include:

  • Funding opportunities for projects;
  • Proposal submission process, proposal writing tips, grant life cycles, and common mistakes to avoid;
  • Thinking through concepts, brainstorming ideas, help with finding project partners, and more!

Program Status: CLOSED

To view the most recent RFA, click here.

Deadline was: Friday, July 16, 2021 at 6pm EST

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Questions & Technical Support

Joe Toolan
Program Officer
410-974-2941 x116

2020 Awarded Projects

YearGrant AmountOrganizationProject TitleProject Description
2020$20,000City BlossomsEnvironmental Education Opportunities at the Farm at Kelly MillerThis award is for middle school students to participate in nature-play and programming promoting stewardship of local waterways at the Farm at Kelly Miller.
2020$20,000Urban Learning and Teaching CenterLions in the City: Cleveland Elementary School Waterway Guardians in Shaw, DCThis award is for Cleveland Elementary School's fourth and fifth grade students to participate in a neighborhood-based, watershed education project that will connect them to the Anacostia River.
2020$15,320Anacostia RiverkeeperRiver Service Today, River Stewards TomorrowThis award is for high school students and community members to participate in a series of stream visits, trash cleanups, and educational activities regarding the impacts of litter on local waterways.
2020$10,000Endangered Species CoalitionQuincy Entrance and Woodland Improvement ProjectThis award is for community engagement activities to expand a woodland adjacent to the Quincy Alley area to include the installation of a natural playground and native trees
2020$19,860Ward 8 Woods ConservancyRestore Fort Stanton ParkThis award is for educational activities and engagement of residents and park stewards in the revitalization of Fort Stanton Park.
2020$19,747Pipkin Creative CommunicationsMural: Beauty of the BayThis award is for education on environmental stewardship and the creation of a community mural to amplify the message of stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay through images of the plants and animals of the watershed.
2020$19,995The Green SchemeWard 8 Water WatchersThis award is for residents in and around the Oxon Run sub-watershed to participate in six family-oriented educational activities regarding natural resources issues and stewardship actions.
2020$19,996Living Classrooms FoundationAnacostia High School Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE)This award is for high school students to participate in a field experience at Kingman and Heritage Islands and for 46 teachers to participate in professional development training.
2020$19,612National Wildlife FederationSacred Grounds: Engaging the Hillcrest Community in Caring for Creation in the Anacostia WatershedThis award is for East Washington Heights Baptist Church congregation members and nearby residents to be engaged in educational activities regarding the negative impacts of lawns and alternative solutions for managing stormwater runoff.
2020$20,000The Urban StudioThe Virtual Studio: Designing for DC StormwaterThis award is for high school students to participate in a series of virtual learning modules regarding the District's stormwater challenges and solutions.
2020$20,000Day EightAnacostia Swim ClubThis award is for Anacostia River-focused poetry performances and community engagement activities that promote stewardship of local natural resources.
2020$20,000Friendship Public Charter SchoolFriendship Collegiate Academy Giving TreeThis award is for student and community engagement in the installation of rain barrels and an artistic vertical garden structure using native and pollinator friendly plants.
2020$20,000Designgreen LLCTakoma Community Collaborative: Streamway to GreenwayThis award is for residents in Takoma to explore green infrastructure solutions through community-based design charrettes and to design a shovel ready solution to a long-term persistent flooding issue.
2020$15,500Anacostia Watershed SocietyBuilding Community through Service with Anacostia High SchoolThis award is for high school students to participate in interactive learning opportunities and action projects in their Ward 8 community in the Anacostia watershed.
2020$19,972Casey TreesTrees, Water, and You: Fostering Stewardship on Kingman & Heritage IslandsThis award is for the creation of digital and print educational resources including information regarding the trees on Kingman and Heritage Islands and their role in promoting community and watershed health and for a community stewardship day to include tree planting.
2020$15,000Near Southeast Community PartnersLluvia Verde: Green Career Training for DC LatinosThis award is for outreach and recruitment activities to increase participation of Latino residents in stormwater management workforce training.