Environmental Education Grant Program
The Chesapeake Bay Trust recognizes that the recovery of our local streams, rivers, and the Bay – the future health of our environment, economy, and communities – depends on an environmentally literate and engaged populace.
What this funds: The Environmental Education Grant Program funds initiatives and programs that advance environmental literacy and result in students gaining the knowledge, skills, and appreciation for nature to take responsible actions to protect and restore their local environment.
Who can apply: Maryland school districts, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, higher education institutions, community associations, and more. See RFP for full list.
Project Types and Funding Availability: The Trust has made available $300,000 for this grant program in Fiscal Year 2021. Individual applications may be submitted for amounts detailed below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Trust staff to discuss proposals prior to the deadline and determine which funding level is most appropriate for your project idea.
- Track 1 Single-Year Requests: There are three types of single-year proposals for a grant period of March 2021 – August 2022: a) Environmental Literacy Programs (up to $40,000), b) Environmental Literacy Planning (up to $40,000), and c) Outdoor Classrooms (up to $20,000).
- Track 2 Multi-Year Requests: Applicants may request up to $40,000 per year for three years (maximum is $120,000 total award over years 2021-2024) for projects that focus on the establishment or enhancement of a systemic MWEE program that will be embedded into the curriculum of a targeted grade or course at all schools across a school district. Applicants can submit two year or three year requests but all applicants for multi-year requests must talk with Trust staff prior to formulating proposals.
- For request $5,000 and under, please consider applying for a Trust Environmental Education Mini Grant.
Is match required? No, but applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage Trust support with cash and in kind match.
Partners: The Trust work collaboratively with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Education Training Program (BWET) to promote high quality environmental education experiences that meet the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) model throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. They will be announcing the next BWET funding opportunity soon. Check this link for more information.
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, Tara Drennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-974-2941 ext. 102.
MWEE Resources and Tools:
- An Educator’s Guide to the MWEE – For an overview of the MWEE model and its benefits as a powerful education tool
- MWEE Toolbox: Tools for those developing MWEEs
- MWEE 101 Online Course – For a greater understanding of the MWEE model and to become certified as a MWEE Ambassador
- A Facilitator’s Guide to the MWEE – Lessons and activities for facilitators to use when conducting training on the MWEE model
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