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Nontidal Wetlands Grant Program

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, Prince George's County, St. Mary's County, Worcester County Other eligible locations: Counties in Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Cecil County, Charles County, Garrett County Expand all

Location of residency: United States


Note: A site visit with MDE and the Trust is required for each proposed project  prior to applying to this grant program and must be scheduled by  the'pre-proposal' deadlines above. 

Goals and Criteria

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust) seek proposals for Nontidal wetland projects in Maryland. The goal of this program is to implement cost effective wetland projects to provide valuable wetland functions, including habitat for a wide range of species and improved water quality, flood attenuation, recharge of groundwater, and aesthetics in the State’s local watersheds and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay, Youghiogheny River, and Atlantic Coastal Bays

Read the full RFP for complete details and restrictions. 

Eligible Project Locations

The Nontidal Wetland award program will consider proposals for projects in the following watersheds:

  • Primary Watersheds:
    • Eastern Shore: Isle of Wight Bay
  • Secondary Watersheds:
    • Eastern Shore: Assawoman Bay, Newport Bay, Sinepuxent Bay
    • Western Shore: Magothy River, Patuxent River (Lower Area), Severn River, South River, Western Branch, West River
  • Tertiary Watersheds:
    • Eastern Shore: Eastern Bay, Lower Chester River, Miles River, Northeast River
    • Western Shore: Brighton Dam Area, Rocky Gorge Dam Area
    • Western Maryland: Casselman River, Deep Creek Lake, Little Youghiogheny River, Youghiogheny River

The program will consider proposals for nontidal wetland projects on individual private, commercial private, community- owned, nonprofit, and public property in these watersheds. Preservation will only be funded if it is a relatively small part of a project package that includes wetland restoration or creation.

Project Tracks

Proposals will be accepted in one of two tracks:

Track 1 Project Management Track: An applicant other than the landowner submits a proposal on behalf of the landowner for one of the project types listed in Section 1.1.  The applicant must have the capacity to manage and implement all phases of the project. 

Track 2 Technical Assistance Track: The landowner submits a proposal for one of the project types listed in Section 1.1. Successful applicants would work with the Trust to identify project partners, consultants, and contractors to manage and implement all facets of the project as listed above in Track 1. The Trust and MDE would work with the successful applicant to directly contract the work required to complete the project in compliance with the needs of the Trust, MDE, and the landowner. 

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  • For each track type, requests are allowed from the following organizations: 
    • Track 1 (grant funds) & Track 2,(trust-led projects): 
      • 501(c)(3) Private Nonprofit Organizations
      • Faith-based organizations
      • Community Associations
      • Service and Civic Groups
      • Public Agencies
      • Soil/Water Conservation districts & Resources Conservation and Development Councils
      • Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions 
    • Track 2 (trust led projects), additionally: 
      • Individual private or commercial landowners
    • Track 1 (contracts)
      • Consultants, contractors, and other for-profit entities. 


  • Projects located in the primary watershed will be given priority over secondary and tertiary watersheds.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage support with cash and in kind match.
  • The following projects types will be given priority in the order in which they are listed, with wetland restoration being of the highest importance:
    • nontidal wetland restoration, defined as a project to recreate a wetland in an area where a wetland historically existed.
    • nontidal wetland creation, defined as a project to create a wetland in an area where no wetlands previously existed. Creation projects that do not require extensive grading will be ranked highly
    • nontidal wetland enhancement, defined as improving the wetland function of an existing wetland. The highest ranked wetland enhancements include farmed wetlands, partially drained wetlands, and wetlands with threatened or endangered species. Most other wetland enhancement projects will not be ranked highly.
    • wetland preservation, defined as protecting existing high-quality wetlands.

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