Bay Trust Offers WIP Assistance Grants

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in conjunction with the State, is offering grants to local governments and non-profits to assist in the design, planning, and programmatic development of projects and programs associated with a Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).  From the Trust’s application website:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Department of the Environment welcome requests for the Watershed Assistance – Two-Year Milestone Support grant program. This program will support design assistance, watershed planning and programmatic development associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Maryland portion of the Youghiogheny watershed, and the Maryland Coastal Bays.

What this funds:  The purpose of this assistance is to promote local engagement in the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) process by pursuing projects that advance the near term goals of the WIPs. The WIP milestones reflect the near-term commitments of Maryland’s partners in the collaborative effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and our local rivers, lakes and streams. The framework is designed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions to benefit local communities and the Chesapeake Bay. Funding will help grantees accomplish the earliest phases of restoration projects, and will assist with programmatic project support. Grantees may apply for funding to:

– Leverage resulting designs, plans, or projects to craft future proposals to the Maryland Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund;

–  Develop deliverables that will implement Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Phase II strategies;

– Craft proposals for implementation funding through programs at the Chesapeake Bay Trust or other sources of support.

Who can apply: The Funding partners welcome requests from local government and non-profit applicants seeking to fund projects within counties for which 2014-2015 Two-year Milestone commitments have been provided to the Maryland Department of Environment. For local partners that have not yet submitted milestones to MDE, proposals will be considered if substantive milestone commitments are provided by a local government representative to MDE prior to the RFP closing date. See RFP for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: $5,001 – $70,000

Is match required? Match is encouraged but not required.

Deadline: The deadline is, Friday, September 5 at 5:00 pm.

Program Status

The grant program is currently OPEN. For the RFP, click here.

Grant Application Process

The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted though an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Kacey Wetzel at 410-974-2941 ext. 104. *Please note: The Trust’s grant system works best in Internet Explorer, especially when uploading documents.*

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several days prior to the deadline, due to potential for high website traffic on the date of the deadline. Technical assistance for online application cannot be guaranteed on the deadline date.*

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Kacey Wetzel

(410) 974-2941 ext. 104

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