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Youth Environmental Education Grant Program

The Youth Environmental Education Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for youth environmental education opportunities and educator support.

To accomplish this goal the program funds projects that involve youth and students investigating a local environmental issue, problem, or phenomenon through indoor and outdoor research culminating in developing solutions and taking action in their school or community – also known as the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) model. Funds can cover a multitude of items including costs for field trips, fieldwork, transportation, substitute fees, and supplies for projects. This grant program also aims to build educator capacity and comfort in leading environmental education programs by funding the attendance to or development of professional development trainings for educators.

What this funds: This grant program welcomes applications for projects in the state of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed portions of D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Applicants can request funds from one of the following tracks.

  • Track 1: Out-of-School Outdoor Investigations for Youth Provided by Community-Based Organizations (up to $10,000)
  • Track 2: Outdoor Classroom, School-Yard Habitat, or Community-Based Improvement Requests (up to $10,000)
  • Track 3: Professional Development for Formal, Non-Formal, and Community Educators (up to $5,000)
  • Track 4: In-school MWEEs for Pre-K-12 Students (up to $5,000)

Who can apply: Schools, nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. View the RFP for more details regarding organization eligibility.

Is match required? Match is required in some cases and encouraged in others. Review the “Funding Restrictions, Match Requirements, and Timeline” section of the RFP for more details.

Partners: This program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET), Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Applicants will be required to complete and upload a narrative document: Required narrative questions can be found here.

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, Carlton Burns at 410-974-2941 ext. 125 or

*Please note, online applications through the grant system started at this time are intended for the upcoming deadline. Any applications that are not submitted are automatically deleted after the deadline passes. Please do not fill out an application with the intention of submitting for a future deadline, as you will lose your work.

Educator’s Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience: For assistance constructing a robust MWEE, please review the Educator’s Guide to the MWEE.

Program Status: CLOSED

Deadline was: Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 4:00 PM EDT

View Previous Request for Proposals (RFP)Click Here to View the Narrative Questions

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