The Chesapeake Bay Trust is welcoming applications for its Watershed Assistance Grant Program.
Through the program, grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to local governments and nonprofit organizations in support of early-phase watershed restoration projects. The program will make grants in support ofr project design assistance, watershed planning, and programmatic development associated with protection and restoration for projects with potential to lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Maryland portion of the Youghiogheny watershed, and the Maryland Coastal Bays.
Eligible projects types include:
Project Design — Applicants may request funding to create construction-ready designs for specific watershed restoration projects identified in jurisdiction-wide or watershed-wide planning documents. Eligible project types include bioretention cells, large-scale rain gardens, other low-impact development stormwater techniques, environmental site designs, stream restoration, wetland and marsh creation, and any of a suite of agricultural water quality best management practices.
Watershed Planning and Program Development — Applicants may request funding for specific projects identified in the existing planning documents or Programmatic Milestones submitted to MDE by local jurisdictions, including projects addressing legal authority development or enhancement, organizational enhancement, watershed characterization, watershed action plans, or resource enhancement. Local entities may use these funds to help establish local area planning goals and/or to support their participation in the jurisdictions’ planning efforts to advance Phase III WIP goals.
Eligible applicants include tax-exempt organizations as defined by 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.