In partnership with the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, Charles County, the City of Gaithersburg, Harford County, Howard County, Queen Anne’s County, and the City of Salisbury, the Chesapeake Bay Trust Outreach and Restoration Grant Program aims to engage a diverse range of organizations, both with community-related missions and focused environmental missions, to facilitate projects that enhance communities, involve residents, and improve natural resources across Maryland.
To that end, the trust is accepting applications from new and experienced organizations for restoration or behavior change projects in the state of Maryland. Applicants may request funds in one of the following categories:
Outreach — Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded in support of projects that increase public knowledge and engagement in the challenges facing and solutions for restoring Maryland’s natural resources, including local green spaces, from urban to rural, parks, streams, rivers, and bays. Within this category, two types of projects will be awarded: Knowledge Building Projects that seek to increase knowledge within either a new priority audience or around a topic in which a basic level of awareness has not yet been established; and Behavior Change Projects that target a specific desired change in behavior within a specific priority audience (what do you want people to do differently?). Projects should be based on an understanding of audience knowledge, attitudes, and practices derived from formal audience research and engagement of audience representatives in the design of the program.
Restoration — Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of projects that engage people in on-the-ground community-based projects that benefit both the community and the quality of one or more natural resources (e.g., water quality, tree canopy, and habitat).
Outreach and Restoration — Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded in support of projects that combine the goals for both of the above tracks in order to achieve more meaningful and measurable outcomes in the community served.
The trust strongly encourages grant applications directly from underrepresented groups and for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented, such as communities of color.
Eligible applicants include organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; faith-based organizations; community and homeowners associations; service, youth, and civic groups; municipal, county, regional, state, and federal public agencies; social/water conservation districts and resource conservation and development councils; forestry boards; and public and independent higher educational institutions.
See the Chesapeake Bay Trust website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.