Outreach and Restoration Grant

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Grant amount: US $5,001 - US $75,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 13, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: United States

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, the Charles County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, and the City of Gaithersburg is pleased to announce that the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program is now open. This grant program encourages outreach and community engagement activities that increase stewardship ethic of natural resources and on-the-ground restoration activities that demonstrate restoration techniques and engage Maryland citizens in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.

This funding opportunity through the Chesapeake Bay Trust and in new partnership with the City of Baltimore, Charles County, and the City of Gaithersburg aims to engage a diverse range of organizations, both with community-related missions and focused environmental missions, to facilitate projects that enhance communities, involve residents, and improve natural resources.

This Program was established to provide accessible funds to organizations and agencies to implement community-led stewardship efforts that increase public understanding of environmental challenges; implement demonstration-scale, community-based, on-the-ground restoration projects; and expand the base of public support necessary to advance the restoration of Maryland’s bays, tributaries, and other natural resources. 

Project Types

Track 1: Outreach Projects

Outreach Projects raise public awareness and engagement in the challenges and solutions to restoring Maryland’s natural resources: local green spaces from urban to rural, parks, streams, rivers, and bays.

Award Amount: Up to $30,000 for awareness projects and up to $50,000 for behavior change projects

  • Awareness Projects should seek to increase knowledge within either a new target audience or on a new topic, in which a basic level of awareness has not yet been established.
    • Example projects include but are not limited to:  
      • Workforce development and jobs training programs;  
      • Workshops promoting restoration and protection best practices;  
      • Environmental knowledge building events;  
      • “Train the trainer” sessions;  
      • Awareness activities such as stream clean ups and storm drain stenciling;  
      • Environmental art installations designed to increase awareness of environmental, especially water related, issues.
  • Behavior Change Projects should target a specific change in behavior within a specific audience and should be based on a formal assessment of audience knowledge, attitudes, and practices.

    • Example projects include:  

      • Social Marketing Plan development (including barrier and benefit research, positioning statement, marketing mix development, evaluation plan development, and project implementation planning);  

      • Piloting and Implementation of previously developed social marketing plans.

Track 2: Implementation Requests for Restoration Projects

Restoration projects should engage people in on-the-ground community-based projects that both benefit the community and benefit the quality of one or more natural resources (example: native plants, trees, water).

Award Amount: Up to $50,000 for implementation-only requests

  • Restoration Projects include:  

    • Tree planting projects - urban, suburban, or rural;  

    • Streamside forest buffers;  V

    • acant lot greening projects;  

    • Bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, rain barrels, and other low impact development techniques;  

    • Wetland creation, restoration and enhancement;  

    • Living shoreline;  

    • Small-scale stream restoration and fish passage projects; and  

    • Installation of agriculture best management practices, including fencing, buffers, wetlands, and more.  

    • Stormwater Management projects on large scale school property projects that restore habitat, improve water quality, and establish outdoor classrooms on school grounds. (School-based projects should contribute to Maryland Green School certification efforts, should be integrated into classroom curriculum, and must have a plan for continued use of the project area as an outdoor classroom beyond the term of the grant.)

    Track 3: Outreach and Restoration Projects 

    Outreach and Restoration Projects should Combine the goals for both tracks above in order to achieve increased meaningful and measurable outcomes.

    Award Amount: up to $75,000 for projects that combine outreach and restoration elements to measurably build knowledge within the community served

    • Combines elements from the ‘Awareness and Knowledge Building’ (Track 1) and ‘Restoration’ (Track 2) project lists above.

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


    • The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:  
      • 501(c)3 Private Nonprofit Organizations  
      • Faith-based organizations  
      • Community Associations  
      • Service, Youth, 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 Trust seeks applications from organizations new to environmental grantmaking as well as organizations experienced in restoration or behavior change projects.
    • All projects should meet one or both of the following goals:
      • Significantly engage members of a specific audience in community and  environmental issues through awareness or behavior change efforts.
      • Accomplish on-the-ground restoration that will result in improvements in health of a Maryland natural resource, either through habitat enhancement or water quality improvement.


    • Track 1: Outreach Project

      • Practices for which behavior change tools are relatively well established will be strongly encouraged to apply for a behavior change project rather than a project that simply seeks to increase awareness (example: litter, pet waste).

    • Track 2: Restoration Project

      • Applicants are encouraged to rely on widely-accepted restoration best practices.

      • Applicants are encouraged to solicit estimates or bids from more than one consultant or contractor.

      • The Trust prefers to fund projects on public property, property owned by nonprofit organizations, community-owned property, and property with conservation easements. Projects on other private property may be considered under certain conditions.

      • Within the Restoration Track, the Trust encourages projects that have engaged the community served by involving community representatives in project planning through Green Teams, community charrettes, or other process.

    • For all Tracks:

      • Partnerships with agencies, schools, religious institutions, nonprofits, and other community groups that leverage impact and broaden the base of support, and lead to extension of the project, use of the project, or awareness of the project beyond the end of the project period are strongly encouraged.

      • As part of an effort to more fully engage underrepresented groups in its grant-making, the Trust strongly encourages projects that increase awareness and participation of communities of color and/or that improve watershed health in communities of color.  
      • The strongest proposals will show committed partnerships that provide funding, technical assistance, or other inkind services to support the successful implementation of the project.


    • The Trust is unable to fund projects or programs that are required by a separate Federal, state, or locally issued permit, decree, or enforcement action.
    • The Trust cannot conduct any official correspondence with contractors, consultants, or other project partners.
    • The following cannot be funded in this program:
      •  Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising or venture capital;
      • Mitigation or other projects required by an existing or pending regulatory permit or action.
      • Political lobbying;
      • Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased;
      • Projects and programs located outside of Maryland;
      • Budget items that are considered secondary to the project’s central objective.
      • Traditional marketing efforts that serve to generally promote the applicant organization. 
    •  The Trust cannot guarantee availability of Online Grant System technical assistance on the deadline date.
    • Proposals requesting funding for stand-alone passive signage, flyer, and other print material projects will not be considered for funding.

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