Watershed Assistance Grant Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Department of the Environment welcome requests from local governments and non-profit organizations for assistance with the earliest phases of watershed restoration projects. This program will support  watershed restoration project design assistance, watershed planning, and programmatic development associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Maryland portion of the Youghiogheny watershed, and the Maryland Coastal Bays.

What this funds: The purpose of this assistance is to promote local engagement in the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) process by pursuing projects that advance the near term goals of the WIPs. The WIP milestones reflect the near-term commitments of Maryland’s partners in the collaborative effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and our local rivers, lakes and streams. The framework is designed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions to benefit local communities and the Chesapeake Bay. Funding will help grantees accomplish the earliest phases of restoration projects and will assist with programmatic project support. Grantees may apply for funding to:

  • Leverage resulting designs, plans, or projects to craft future proposals for implementation funding to the Maryland Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, grant  programs at the Chesapeake Bay Trust, or other sources of support; and/or
  • Develop deliverables that will implement Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) strategies.

Who can apply: The Funding partners welcome requests from local government and non-profit applicants seeking to fund projects consistent with 2018-2019 Two-year Milestone commitments that have been provided to the Maryland Department of Environment. See the RFP for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: Requests will generally be $5,001 – $75,000.

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 this program’s grant manager, Emily Stransky at estransky@cbtrust.org; 410-974-2941 x101

Pre-application Workshops: The Trust, DNR, and MDE will be holding two workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the Watershed Assistance Grant Program, expectations for designs, and the DNR Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund grant program, which many applicants apply to for implementation funding. The two available trainings will be held on July 17th, 2019 at 9:00 AM at Chesapeake College, in Wye Mills, MD and July 25th, 2019 at 9:00 AM at Medstar Harbor Hospital, in Baltimore, MD. Please RSVP to Emily Stransky at estransky@cbtrust.org if you are interested in attending. Both workshops will have the same content focus; therefore, interested attendees need only attend one workshop.

Program Overview Webinar

Please watch this short webinar (under 16 minutes) to hear more about the program, example project types, and application tips and tricks.

Program Status: CLOSED

To view the RFP, click here.

The Deadline Was: Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 4 pm EDT

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Emily Stransky
410-974-2941 x101