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Funding Available to Help Clean Up the Bay

Monday April 10th, 2017

Townships in the Chesapeake Bay watershed may be eligible for grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which has $8 million to $10 million available. The deadline for proposals is May 9.

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

• Small watershed grants of $20,000 to $200,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and local governments working to protect and improve local waters that contribute to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay while building citizen-based resource stewardship. These grants require minimum non-federal matching contributions of one-third of the grant request. All 2017 grant projects must be completed within two years of the grant award.

• Innovative nutrient and sediment reduction grants of $200,000 to $500,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, local governments, universities, and state agencies that demonstrate innovative approaches to accelerate adoption of the most cost-effective and sustainable nutrient and sediment pollution load reductions to the Chesapeake Bay.

These grants encourage non-federal matching contributions of 100 percent of the total grant request. Projects under these grants must be completed within three years of the grant award.  

All grant proposals must address at least one of the following conservation objectives:

1) Restore and protect vital habitats.

2) Improve conservation on private lands.

3) Improve urban stormwater management.

For more information about this grant program, go to, choose “What We Do” at the top of the page, and click on “Grants” or call (202) 857-0166.