Anne Arundel County Community Planting Mini Grant Program

Chesapeake Bay Trust

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Location of residency: Maryland

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NOTE: Mini Grant proposals for Community Planting requests are accepted on an on-going basis until funds are fully expended for the given fiscal year.


The Anne Arundel County Forest Conservancy District Board and th Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a new partnership to provide small community-based grants to help communities and organizations increase the number of trees and tree canopy in neighborhoods, parks, and communities throughout Anne Arundel County.

The goal of the Anne Arundel County Forest Conservancy District Board (Board) is to conserve and enhance the County’s natural resources by good forest management practices and citizen awareness. The Board includes educators, forest and other natural resource professionals, small landowners, community leaders, and government officials. The Trust promotes public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Since 1985, the Trust has awarded more than $80 million in grants to schools, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies throughout Maryland.

Together, these two funders welcome your interest and encourage you to learn more about how to apply for a grant.

Goals of the Program

Neighborhood by neighborhood, community stewardship projects are helping to raise public awareness about the health of our region’s tree canopy, watersheds, air quality, streams, rivers, and the Bay, as well as the steps that can be taken to restore and protect them. By increasing tree cover and expanding green areas, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service reports that erosion can be reduced, water and soil quality can be improved, airborne pollutants such as particulates, nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide can be filtered, and summer temperatures and resulting ozone pollution and energy use can be reduced. In addition, adding trees to a community has clear economic benefits. Studies show that urban trees and green space play an important role in providing a higher quality of life, enhance local economic development opportunities, and increase property values.

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to Anne Arundel County neighborhood associations, community associations, non-profit groups, and others to plant trees, increase tree canopy, remove invasive plants, and engage citizens in those activities.

The Trust is committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in its grant-making and environmental work. As a result, the Trust strongly encourages grant applications directly from underrepresented groups and for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented, such as communities of color. For a full description of the Trust’s efforts to engage under-engaged groups, please see our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

Project Guidelines

  • All planting projects must include a native plant list, site plan, project design, photo of the planting/restoration site, and a detailed maintenance plan.
  • List native plants that will be used in the planting/restoration project in the proposal. Funds may be requested for native plant species only.
  • Projects can be completed on public property; property owned by non-profit organizations, community-owned property, and other property with conservation easements or signed long-term protection agreements.
  • For projects planned on properties other than that of the applicant, attach a letter stating that permission has been granted by the entity owning the land on which the project will be completed. Proposals that demonstrate longterm commitment to upkeep, manage, and maintain the project will receive more favorable review.
  • If permits are required, describe the status of those permits (i.e., permits pending review of application, permits secured).
  • Requests for invasive vegetation removal as part of site preparation for native planting projects are permitted.
  • Signage for requests in highly visible areas is highly recommended. The funding partners will fund signage if the Forestry Board and the Trust’s Bay plate logo is included

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Board and the Trust welcome requests from the following organizations:
    • 501(c)3 Private Nonprofit Organizations
    • Faith-based organizations
    • Community Associations
    • Service and Civic Groups
    • Municipal, County, Regional, State, Federal Public Agencies
    • Soil/Water Conservation Districts & Resource Conservation and Development Councils
    • Forestry Boards & Tributary Teams
    • Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions


  • The funding partners do not fund the following:
    • Refreshments and T-shirts.
    • Promotional collateral, ex. Pens, key chains, etc.
    • Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising or venture capital.
    • Mitigation or capital construction activities such as structural erosion control measures.
    • Political lobbying.
    • Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased.
    • Projects and programs located outside of Anne Arundel County.
    •  Budget items that are considered secondary to the project’s central objective. These items include, but are not limited to, cash prizes, cameras and video equipment, and microscopes.
    • Funding is generally restricted to projects on public property, private community-owned land and conservation easements, unless otherwise specified in a grant program.
    • Routine mowing and landscape maintenance.