The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s (Trust) Mini Environmental Education Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies to support educating students about their local environment and how they can become stewards and have an impact in their community. To accomplish this goal the program funds up to $5,000 for projects that involve students investigating a local environmental issue, problem, or phenomenon through indoor and outdoor research culminating in developing solutions and taking action in their school or community – also known as the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) model. Funds can cover a multitude of items including costs for field trips, fieldwork, transportation, substitute fees, and supplies for student projects. This grant program also aims to build teacher capacity and comfort in leading environmental education programs by funding the attendance to or development of professional development trainings for educators.
What this funds: Meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects, schoolyard habitat projects as well as teacher professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy.
Who can apply: Schools, nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more in Maryland. *Please note, due to funding availability, for the June 2020 deadline the Trust can only accept applications for Maryland projects.
How much can be awarded: Up to $5,000.
Is match required? The Trust requires that all non-Title 1 schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experience costs.
Partners: The Mini Grant Program is supported by a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET).
Attention Applicants: Annually, the Request for Proposals and Narrative Questions are updated. These changes reflect ongoing efforts by the Trust to support the integration of environmental education with efforts to improve and enhance instruction inside and outside of the classroom. The proposal narrative is intended to serve as both an application and a planning tool to assist the applicant in providing a high quality environmental education experience for their students. Please check back annually for updated documents.
Applicants will be required to complete and upload a narrative form depending on their type of request:
Grant Application Process: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Emily Stransky at 410-974-2941 ext. 101.
*Please note, applications started at this time are intended for the upcoming deadline. Any applications that are not submitted are automatically deleted after the deadline passes. Please do not fill out an application with the intention of submitting for a future deadline, as you will lose your work.
Educator’s Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience: For assistance constructing a robust MWEE, please review the Educator’s Guide to the MWEE.
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