The Chesapeake Bay Trust is inviting applications for its Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Program.
The program, a partnership between the trust, the Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration, and the City of Annapolis, aims to improve water quality in the county’s local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and County and City of Annapolis’ Stormwater Management Inventory and Watershed Improvement Plan, which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering the county’s waterways.
To that end, the program will fund projects designed to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. Projects must accomplish on-the-ground restoration that treats rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces at a cost-effective price or demonstrates the accomplishment of another metric that will help the county and city meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals. Applications to the program that demonstrate sound design and cost efficiency in meeting this goal will be most competitive. To that end, applicants will be required to provide sound technical designs and project budgets as outlined in the application package.
The trust has traditionally included two project categories: Category 1 projects, which include small-scale restoration projects, and Category 2 projects, which include large-scale restoration projects. In FY21, the trust is adding Category 3 projects, an evaluation track for the county’s potential acquisition of non-tidal flood prone and/or natural resource rich properties whose preservation can assist the county in meeting its environmental regulatory goals and mitigate flood risk.
Grants ranging between $15,000 and $300,000 will be awarded. Larger awards are possible with prior approval from the trust. A match is encouraged but not required; however, preference will be given to projects with a match of cash and/or in-kind services. Projects must be implemented in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, including the City of Annapolis.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations, and more.
All applicants must contact the trust to arrange a site visit between the trust and the funding partner staff before applying for this opportunity. Site visits must be completed by February 12, 2021.
See the Chesapeake Bay Trust website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.