Watershed Assistance Grant Program

What this funds: 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.

By funding the earliest phases of watershed restoration projects and planning, the funding partners aim to provide local governments and non- profit organizations the ability to position themselves to quickly advance implementation work. The funding partners hope the products of grants funded under this opportunity will enable grantees 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;
  • Develop deliverables that will support local planning efforts such as Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) strategies and associated Two-year Milestones (see Appendix C for more information), Financial Assurance Plans (FAPs), Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plans, county-wide Green Infrastructure Plans, and watershed action plans.

Who can apply: Please 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 virtual 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 workshops will be held on June 18th, 2020 at 2PM and July 16th, 2020 at 6PM. All workshops will have the same content focus; therefore, interested attendees need only attend one workshop. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/po6gF4yMaBFBumgy9. A Zoom link to access the workshop will be e-mailed to those that RSVP.

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 most recent RFP, click here.

The Deadline Was: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 4 pm EDT

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Emily Stransky
410-974-2941 x101