Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant

Chesapeake Bay Trust

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Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 14, 2020 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Montgomery County, Maryland

Location of residency: Maryland

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About this funder:




The Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust) announce a grant program to support watershed restoration and outreach projects and programs throughout Montgomery County. This program aims to promote initiatives and projects which will improve water quality in Montgomery County’s local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and Implementation Strategy. Projects must be implemented in Montgomery County. Applications must either be a Montgomery County based group or include at least one partner that represents a stakeholder group based in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to improving the bays, streams, rivers, forests, parks, and other natural resources of all of our local systems, from the Chesapeake to the Coastal Bays to the Youghiogheny River. Since 1985, the Trust has awarded more than $100 million in grants and projects for environmental education, community outreach, local watershed restoration, and science that engage hundreds of thousands of dedicated individuals. The Trust serves as the administrator for this grant program which is funded entirely through the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Charge.

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program will fund projects that increase public engagement and promote stewardship activities that reduce pollutants through community-based restoration practices. 

Goals of the Program

Montgomery County Government has the responsibility to meet regulatory watershed restoration and water quality improvement goals. Significant effort is needed from individuals and community-based groups in order to meet these goals, since the amount of privately owned land far exceeds the amount of County-owned land. 

To that end, this program seeks projects that will:

  • Assist non-profit organizations such as watershed organizations, homeowners associations, or civic organizations to significantly engage residents in achieving water quality improvement through increased awareness and quantifiable behavior change;
  • Demonstrate runoff reduction and local water quality improvement on property owned by non-profit organizations such a faith-based institutions, community associations, community pools, private schools, or other types of non-profit entities; and/or
  • Reduce trash in the Anacostia River Watershed by trash capture devices, also known as “trash traps.”

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 here.

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


  • The Trust welcomes applicants from  501c3 non-profit organizations, such as:
    • Watershed organizations
    • Faith-based organizations
    • Service, youth, and civic groups
    • Homeowner and community associations
    • Private schools (public school sustainable efforts are supported through the School Energy and Recycling Team Program)
  • Projects must be implemented in Montgomery County, Maryland. 
  • The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program supports requests for funding of the following project types in this Request for Proposals (RFP):
    • Public Outreach and Stewardship,
    • Community Based Restoration Implementation, and
    • Litter Reduction in the Anacostia River Watershed Using Trash Traps


  • Groups that have predominantly community-oriented missions are strongly encouraged to consider  submitting an application.
  • Projects that involve groups typically underrepresented in watershed activities are strongly encouraged.


  • Projects that will NOT be supported include:
    • Annual giving, research, fund raising, and/or venture capital;
    • Political lobbying;
    • Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased; and/or
    • Traditional marketing efforts that serve to generally promote the applicant organization.
    • Projects in the City of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park. For projects in these jurisdictions, see the Trust’s Outreach and Restoration Program.