The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust) recognizes that there have been and will continue to be significant impacts on the people and nonprofits that we work with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we know that the full impacts of the virus are still uncertain, we want you to know that the Trust is here to help as much as we are able and we will continue our efforts to ensure that our regions natural resources are restored. We have received a number of questions from awardees and recently held two webinars to address those most common questions and hear directly from the awardees to address questions and comments in real time. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We recognize that it is not an inclusive list of questions and encourage you to contact the Program Officer who manages your award. You may watch a re-cap of one of the webinars here.
The Trust and our funding partners realize that this is a time for flexibility and understanding. Above all else, we wish everyone health and well-being today and in all the days ahead.
What is the status of the Trust and how you are managing awards at this time?
The Trust has been working remotely since Governor Hogan’s Executive Order on March 12th, 2020, and continuing to support all award programs and partnerships using a variety of videoconferencing and web platforms to ensure the success of your project and award deliverables. We continue to review reports, approve/process payments, and provide oversight to the hundreds of current awards under our management. We are grantees ourselves and are working through questions with our funding partners on extensions and scope changes for our programs. Finally, we are closely watching Governor Hogan’s orders and the Centers for Disease Control guidelines to ensure we are following the most recent guidance.
Has the Trust had operational restrictions placed on it by partners?
The Trust hasn’t had any formal modifications to our awards or agreements with our funding partners, but the expectation is to follow the grantee’s locality guidelines for essential business restrictions and stay-at-home orders.
Will Requests for Proposals from the Trust continue to come out as planned?
At this moment in time, we are intending to move forward with our grant programs, including the upcoming Watershed Assistance Grant Program and Outreach and Restoration Grant Program, as usual. We operate on a fiscal year basis (July to June) and will monitor funds closely as a large amount of the Trust’s revenue we are able to use for grant programs comes from bay plate sales which have seen a decline under the current COVID-19 conditions. We are also working closely with our funding partners and will announce any changes as soon as we have them through our website, newsletters, and other communication tools. We will keep the grantee community up to date through our grantee newsletter. Please be sure to sign up here to receive if you do not already.