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? Up to $20,000

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; begin by using the “Start a New Application” button to the right. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Bre’Anna Brooks at 410-974-2941 ext. 112 or bbrooks@cbtrust.org.

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

Pre-application Workshops: Join us virtually at one or more of the free workshops to learn about the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program, ‘do’s and don’ts’ of grant-writing, and to take advantage of one-on-one assistance during office hours. Please RSVP here. Even though you are attending via webinar, please be sure to RSVP. In the event that we will need to change or reschedule a meeting, we will communicate those changes to those on the RSVP list.

Topics and Assistance 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!

6 Workshops Available – BEING HELD VIRTUALLY

Email Bre’Anna at bbrooks@cbtrust.org for webinar information!

March 4:
3-5 PM Information Session
5-7 PM Grant-Writing Skills Workshop
Location: DOEE – 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor

*Refreshments provided!

March 13:
11 AM-1 PM Information Session
Location: Live Webinar

March 16:
6-8 PM Grant-Writing Skills Workshop
Location: Live Webinar

March 18:
11 AM – 1 PM Information Session
1-2 PM Office Hours – CANCELLED but will be held individual phone calls
Location: Live Webinar

April 1:
2-4 PM Information Session
4-5 PM Office Hours – CANCELLED but will be held individual phone calls
Location: Live Webinar

*NEW* April 13:
11 AM – 12:30 PM Information Session
Location: Live Webinar

Program Status: OPEN

To view the RFA, click here.

Deadline: To allow applicants sufficient time to complete applications in light of the current situation, we have extended the deadline to FROM Tuesday, April 7, 2020 TO Friday, May 15, 2020 at 6pm EST

Start a New Application

Get started with a new grant application

Manage an Existing Grant

Manage an existing grant or continue an existing application

RFA Questions & Technical Support

Bre’Anna Brooks
bbrooks@cbtrust.org
410-974-2941 x112