CBT Environmental Education Grant Program

Chesapeake Bay Trust

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $120,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 5, 2020 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program awards funding to expand and enhance Bay environmental education programs for pre-K through 12 grade students in Maryland.

The Trust seeks to increase environmental stewardship through environmental education by providing grants that build and expand pre-K through 12 environmental education programs and increase student access to programs that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences. 

Chesapeake Bay Trust grant funding supports schools systems and their partners to develop Environmental Literacy Programs that meet and exceed the guidelines developed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the Environmental Literacy Graduation Requirement.    

School systems are undertaking a variety of activities to develop their Environmental Literacy Programs. The Trust encourages applicants to request support for the development and systemic implementation of new or enhanced  Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEEs). These experiences can focus on a local environmental issue or topic (not just water quality/watersheds) and can and should be fully integrated with appropriate subject areas and classroom instruction.   

This grant program supports the development, expansion, delivery and systemic implementation of comprehensive programs to provide Meaningful Outdoor/Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students as a component of a school system Environmental Literacy Program.  Successful proposals can include program development activities that lead to the delivery of teacher supported meaningful outdoor learning experiences for students. 

They should be investigative and project oriented, provide both structured and unstructured outdoor learning experiences, be integrated with classroom instruction, incorporate time for reflection, utilize the local community and environment and be part of a sustained program or activity for participating students.  Programs should be contributing to the implementation of environmental literacy programs in local schools and/or school systems and letters of support are strongly encouraged.  Requests for professional development to support MWEE’s and environmental literacy programs are welcome and encouraged. 

Funds can support costs associated with:

  • development, alignment, and/or adaptation of curriculum
  • lesson plans and student resources; teacher professional development
  • establishment of teacher and school support networks
  • equipment and materials
  • and costs associated with outdoor learning experiences and student action projects. 

Multiple year requests: Applicants may request from $5,001 to $40,000 per year for three years (maximum is $120,000 total award over years 2019-2022). The Trust anticipates making 1-3 multi-year awards. Applicants can submit two year or three year requests but all applicants for multi-year requests must talk with Trust staff prior to formulating proposals.

Single year requests: Applicants may request $5,001 to $40,000 for a grant period of March 2019 – August 2020. The Trust anticipates making 6-8 awards at this level.

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


  • The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:
    • State and Local Education Agencies
    • Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions
    • 501(c)3 Private Nonprofit Organizations


  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage Trust support with cash and in kind match.


  • The Trust does not fund the following:
    • Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising or venture capital
    • Political lobbying
    • Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased
    • Projects and programs located outside of Maryland
  • Funding is generally restricted to:
    • projects on public property
    • property owned by nonprofit organizations
    • community-owned property, and
    • property with conservation easements, unless otherwise specified in a grant program