Chesapeake Gateways: Grants & Network Updates

Chesapeake Gateways Upcoming Grants Information Sessions
Please see below for grants-related webinars in preparation for this year’s grant application process.

Budgeting for Federal Grants and the SF-424A
Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Carrie Staton, Director, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, West Virginia University

Register here.

What will this chat cover?

  • Do you know how much money it takes to run your project or program?
  • Do you know all the expenses you’ll need to cover to ensure success?
  • Do you know how to submit your expenses on a federal SF424A Budget Information Worksheet as part of a federal grant application?

If you want answers to these questions, please join NPS Chesapeake and West Virginia University for an introductory webinar on budgeting and the federal budget submission process.

About Past Network Chats 

Chesapeake Gateways 2023-2024 Grants Application Overview

The Chesapeake Gateways extend its thanks to everyone who was able to attend their webinar on September 6, 2023!  The recording is now available hereReminder: the deadline to apply is November 3, 2023.

Past Chats

Chesapeake Gateways Network Chats are designed to be welcoming, collaborative virtual gatherings of partners for fellowship, peer learning, capacity building, and technical support. 

Past chats are posted at: Chesapeake Gateways Network Chats - YouTube

Additional Resources & Opportunities

Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program (deadline September 28, 2023)

Funding is now available through the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Grant Program. This program focuses on restoring community connectivity and eliminating barriers to mobility, access, or economic development through three types of grant funding opportunities—each with independent eligibility and applicant requirements. More details are available here: Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Grant Program | Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (

CCS Grants Gateway Webinar (registration deadline September 29, 2023)

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a webinar on October 3, 2023, to share about the Chesapeake and Coastal Service’s (CCS) Grants Gateway! CCS will outline the details of the funding sources and their eligibility requirements and reporting requirements and explain how to use some of the tools DNR has available to improve your application. Click here to register and learn more.

African American Civil Rights Grant Program (deadline October 10, 2023)

Funding is now available through the African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR). AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the National Park Service, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects, including survey and inventory, National Register nominations, oral histories, and more. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require a non-Federal funding match. Grants are available to fund two types of projects: “history” and “preservation.” History grants will support interpretive and research-based projects, while preservation grants will fund planning and “bricks and mortar” preservation/conservation work on historic buildings and structures. More details are available here: African American Civil Rights Grant Opportunity (U.S. National Park Service) (

About NPS Chesapeake Gateways

NPS Chesapeake Gateways is a community assistance program and partnership network to support Federal, state, local, nonprofit, and private sector partners focused on connecting all people to natural, cultural, historical, and recreational experiences, stewardship, and stories across the 41-million-acre Chesapeake Bay watershed.