Environmental Education Grant Program


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 our online system linked to the right.

Program Status: CLOSED

To view previous version of the RFP, click here.

Deadline: The deadline has passed. This program will likely reopen in December 2021.

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Questions & Technical Support

Tara Drennan
Senior Program Officer
410-974-2941 x 102

Environmental education is a key long-term strategy for the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The Trust recognizes youth education is essential in developing environmentally literate and civically minded adults who will support the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.

The goal of the Environmental Education Award Program is to for every student in Maryland to be empowered with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions to ensure the health of their local environment and communities. To meet this goal the program has focused on embedding environmental literacy – specifically Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) – into the curriculum of at least one grade in elementary, middle, and high school in Maryland’s 24 school districts. The MWEE model is a blend of best practices in education that increase academic achievement, student engagement, 21st century skills, and stewardship. Embedding MWEEs into school district curriculum helps ensure every student receives an impactful experience learning about the environment and increases the likelihood of programs continuing long after the grant period ends.

For the past 10 years the Environmental Education Award Program has invested in projects that establish MWEEs in school district curriculum, build capacity of educators and administrators to design and deliver MWEEs, or address barriers to long-term implementation of MWEEs in school districts. The program is part of a regional effort to meet the environmental literacy goal and outcomes in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

YearGrant AmountOrganizationCountyProject TitleProject Description
2021$29,889Adkins ArboretumEastern Shore - MiddleWhere Land and Water Meet: A Partnership for Environmental LiteracyThis award is for a sustainable partnership with ShoreRivers that will advance organizational capacity to provide environmental literacy programs and teacher professional development.
2021$13,000Annapolis Maritime Museum & ParkAnne ArundelSchool in Nature - Back Creek ParkThis award is for an outdoor classroom at Back Creek Nature Park.
2021$73,620Anne Arundel County Public SchoolsAnne ArundelSevern StewardsThis award is for an environmental literacy program focused on the Severn River for all 9th graders in the Environmental Science course.
2021$13,850Backyard BasecampBaltimore CityOutdoor Classroom in Frankford: BLISS Meadows Urban Ecology Learning LabThis award is for an outdoor classroom at BLISS Meadows.
2021$30,319Dance ExchangePrince George'sMoving MWEE: Implementing a Systemic Arts-Integrated Approach for Kindergarten in Prince George's CountyThis award is for an arts-integrated environmental literacy pilot for kindergarten students in Prince George's County Public Schools.
2021$11,9915ShoreRiversKentKent County Public Schools Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience CoalitionThis award is for an environmental literacy program for all 4th and 9th graders at Kent County Public Schools.
2021$20,000ShoreRiversDorchesterShoreRivers & New Directions Learning Academy Outdoor Learning SpaceThis award is for an outdoor classroom at New Directions Learning Academy.
2021$39,952Washington County Public SchoolsWashingtonExpanded Integration of Embedded MWEE Opportunities in Washington County Public Schools Essential CurriculumThis award is for embedding an environmental literacy program for all 2nd and 6th graders.
2021$10,9455Worcester County Public SchoolsWorcesterEnhancing, Engaging, and Empowering Environmental Literacy Through Curriculum-Aligned MWEEsThis award is for a district-wide environmental literacy plan and systemic program for 9th and 10th graders.