Through its Mini-Grant Program for K-12 Environmental Education, the Chesapeake Bay Trust awards grants of up to $5,000 to support activities at schools that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation, including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects, and schoolyard habitat projects, as well as teacher professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy.
Specifically, the program seeks to educate students in Maryland and the District of Columbia about the bay and the local watersheds and about how students can make a difference in watershed health; engage school communities in education and restoration activities that benefit watershed health; provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students and teachers; provide environmental education professional development opportunities for teachers; and support environmental literacy goals within schools, school systems, and other educational institutions.
The trust is committed to the advancement of diversity in its grantmaking and environmental work and strongly encourages grant applications for projects designed to increase awareness and participation by communities of color.
Applications will be accepted from the following organizations: nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; faith-based organizations; community associations; service and civic groups; municipal, county, regional, state, and federal public agencies; soil/water conservation districts and resource conservation and development councils; forestry boards and tributary teams; and public and independent higher education institutions.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the CBT website.