Through it its Mini-Grant Program for K-12 Environmental Education, the Chesapeake Bay Trust awards grants of up to $5,000 in support of school-based activities that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue, including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects, schoolyard habitat projects, teacher professional development trainings, and programs focused on advancing environmental literacy.
Specifically, the program seeks to educate students in Maryland and the District of Columbia about the bay and their 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 that increase awareness and participation in 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 Chesapeake Bay Trust website.