Sponsorship Program

The Sponsorship Program is designed to support events that will increase awareness within the targeted audience about issues pertaining to restoration and protection of the natural resources of the Chesapeake and/or Maryland’s other watersheds. The Chesapeake Bay Trust will entertain requests to sponsor events, such as conferences, festivals, and forums that allow the Trust to advance its mission. The Trust will also entertain requests that promote the two major sources of revenue for the Trust, the “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plate program and the Chesapeake and Endangered Species Tax Check-off on the Maryland State income tax.

What this funds: Conferences, festivals, forums, events, etc.

Who can apply: Non-profit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. Sponsorships must serve a Maryland audience; however, it may be located anywhere within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Trust seeks to engage groups that have traditionally been under-engaged with environmental issues but also new applicants and organizations from a diverse array of communities.

How much can be awarded: $5,000, though to enable the Trust to consider a wide range of sponsorships throughout our fiscal year, most sponsorships will be limited to $1,000 for programmatic support and $500 for marketing support.

Is match required? Match is encouraged, but not required.

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 Bre’Anna Brooks at 410-974-2941 ext. 112.

Program Status: CLOSED

Requests for events that meet the Programmatic track and Marketing track criteria are not being accepted at this time as funds have been expended for the 2019 fiscal year. The program will re-open in early/mid-June 2019. To view the RFP from the last round, click here.

Deadline: Rolling basis. Requests for the Sponsorship Program are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are fully expended for the fiscal year. 

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Bre’ Anna Brooks
410-974-2941 x112