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 citizenry.
What this funds: The Trust seeks to increase understanding and stewardship of the environment through providing grants that build and/or expand pre-K through 12 environmental literacy programs using the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) model. The MWEE model is simply a type of project-based learning that consists of an investigation into a local environmental issue through a combination of learning in the classroom and outdoors which culminates in students addressing their issue through an action project in their school or community. MWEEs incorporate a number of best education practices in an effort to increase student achievement, 21st century skills, student engagement, 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. Applicants will be required to complete and submit a Environmental Literacy Model (ELM) Planning Document as a tool in designing a MWEE program.
Who can apply: Local education agencies (LEAs), nonprofit organizations, government 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 2019. 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.
- 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 2019-2022). The Trust anticipates making 1-3 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 2019 – August 2020. The Trust anticipates making 6-8 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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 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
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