Environmental Education

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program awards funding to expand and enhance Bay environmental education programs for pre-K through 12 grade students in Maryland.

What this funds: The Trust seeks to increase environmental stewardship through environmental education by providing grants that build and/or expand pre-K through 12 environmental literacy programs using the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) model. MWEEs are investigations into local environmental issues that include both learning in the classroom and learning outdoors and culminate in students addressing their issue through action projects in their community. MWEEs incorporate a number of best environmental education and education practices in an effort to increase student engagement, academic achievement, and environmental stewardship.

More information, guidance, and tools for designing and using MWEEs can be found in An Educator’s Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience developed by the Chesapeake Bay Program, NOAA, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The Trust highly encourages applicants to use the Environmental Literacy Model (ELM) Planning Document as a tool in designing your MWEE.

Who can apply: Non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, public and independent higher education institutions, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. See RFP for full list.

How much can be awarded:
The Trust has made available $400,000 for this grant program in Fiscal Year 2018. Individual applications may be submitted for amounts detailed below. Please contact Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org, to discuss which funding level is most appropriate for your project idea. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Trust staff to discuss proposals prior to the deadline.

Multiple year requests: Applicants may request from $5,001 to $40,000 per year for three years (maximum is $120,000 total award over years 2018-2021). The Trust anticipates making one or two multi-year awards. 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.

Single year requests: Applicants may request $5,001 to $40,000 for a grant period of March 2018 – August 2019. The Trust anticipates making 6-10 awards at this level.

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.

Deadline: The deadline has passed. This grant program will reopen in the fall of 2018.

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 revised guidance for Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences in MD and the region. They will be announcing the next BWET funding opportunity soon. Check this link for more information.

Program Status: This grant program is currently CLOSED. To view the previous version of the RFP, click here.

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 Baker at 410-974-2941 ext. 102.

Additional Resources & Tools:

Bay Backpack

MWEE Think Cloud – For those just getting started.

Environmental Literacy Model (ELM) Planning Document – For those designing a MWEE.

MWEE Audit Tool – For those evaluating the strength of their MWEE.

Developing Driving Questions

Identifying MWEE Field Study Sites

Moving from Synthesis and Conclusions to Action

Open Saved Applications

Continue working on an existing grant application

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Questions & Technical Support

Tara Baker
410-974-2941 x102