Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded for the implementation of cost-effective wetland projects that provide valuable wetland functions, including the expansion of habitat for a wide range of species, in order of priority:
1) Non-tidal wetland restoration: defined as a project to recreate a wetland in an area where a wetland historically existed;
2) Non-tidal wetland creation: defined as a project to create a wetland in an area where no wetlands previously existed. Creation projects that require extensive grading may not be ranked highly;
3) Non-tidal wetland enhancement: defined as improving the wetland function of an existing wetland. The highest ranked wetland enhancements will be to farmed wetlands, partially drained wetlands, and wetlands with threatened or endangered species. Most other wetland enhancement projects will not be ranked highly;
4) Wetland preservation: defined as protecting an existing wetland. Preservation will only be funded if it is a relatively small part of a project package that includes wetland restoration or creation.
Nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities, community associations, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply.
See the Chesapeake Bay Trust website for a map of eligible wetland areas in the state, application instructions, and the complete RFP.