Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program

Chesapeake Bay Trust

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Next anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 12, 2021 1:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $300,000

Fields of work: Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Water Resource Management

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Location of residency: Maryland

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About this funder:



Note: *All applicants must contact the Trust to arrange a site visit between Trust and funding partner staff before applying for funding. The deadline for pre-application site visit scheduling is the "pre-proposal" deadline above. 

The Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a grant program to support watershed restoration projects and programs throughout Anne Arundel County. This program 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 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering the County’s waterways.

What this funds:

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund projects 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 meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals. Applications under this grant program that demonstrate sound design and cost efficiency in meeting this goal will be most competitive. To demonstrate this, applicants will be required to provide sound technical designs and project budgets as outlined in this application package.

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 

Eligible Project Types and Locations

Funding partners will support the construction of the following types of watershed restoration implementation projects to achieve reductions of storm flow and pollutants to County waterways:

  • Bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, and additional stormwater BMPs;
  • Stormwater wetland and marsh creation and enhancement;
  • Stream and wetland restoration;
  • Regenerative conveyance systems (coastal plain outfalls, step pool storm conveyance, etc.);
  • Living shorelines (on community or public property); and
  • Green roofs.

Projects shall be separated into two categories, described in detail in the Project Guidelines by Category document (Appendix B). In general, Category 1 projects are small-scale restoration projects that have a disturbance footprint less than 5,000 square feet or disturb less than 100 cubic yards of earth; Category 2 projects are large-scale restoration projects that have a disturbance footprint greater than 5,000 square feet or disturb more than 100 cubic yards of earth. See Appendix B of this application package for guidance specific to each project category.

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


  • Funding partners welcome requests from 501(c) non-profit organizations, such as:
    • Local watershed groups
    • Community associations
    • Service, Youth, and Civic groups and
    • Faith-based organizations
  • Non-profit organizations are eligible to propose projects on non-profit property, private property, or public school properties, with assurance that the landowner is in support of the project (assurance to be included in the application)


  • Preference will be given to projects showing matching contributions of funds or in-kind services from project partners and other sources.


  • At this time, the City of Annapolis manages their stormwater program independently of the County, therefore projects located in the City of Annapolis are not eligible for funding in this program.
  • Funding partners are not able to support projects that are required under an existing or pending regulatory process or permit, are required for mitigation, or are required by a regulatory authority for any other reason.
  • The applicant is solely responsible t to determine if any regulatory requirements or conditions exist prior to applying for the grant.
  • Projects will not be permitted in road or utility right-of-way areas; inlets and outfalls that cross these right-ofways are subject to County approval.