Anglers, Boaters, and Hunters: You can help!

Anglers, boaters, and hunters who obtain registration or licenses through Maryland Department of Natural Resources Compass online registration system can choose to make a contribution to support the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund OR the Healing Hunting Fishing Fund.

Funds are equally distributed as grants to not-for-profit entities through the Chesapeake Bay Trust and DNR, with an average of 90 cents of every dollar spent on programs. The Trust invests in local communities and watersheds through grant programs and special initiatives and is known for its efficiency.

Maryland Outdoor and Recreation Clean Water Fund


Contributions made to the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund support fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, wetlands, and K-12 student field trips.

Grants from the MD Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund will be made to community and environmental organizations as well as research and watershed groups.

The living shoreline installed on the campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum helped to increase fish populations.
The Greensboro Stream and Wetland Enhancement project restored stream bans and wetlands and will enable the town to expand a nearby park.

Perks Program

Contributors of $10 or more are eligible to become “perks” members and receive discounts at local businesses. These perks are offered for outdoor-related businesses, merchandise, services, dining, automotive services, and more. Click here for a list of discounts and other perks.