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Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program

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Montgomery County Government and Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

12/02/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations for projects that reduce pollution and improve water quality in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support projects that educate and engage local residents and protect and restore local water sources. Projects must take place in Montgomery County, outside the municipalities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Takoma Park.

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program funds public outreach and stewardship projects, community-based restoration water quality implementation projects, and litter reduction projects in the Anacostia River Watershed through trash trap maintenance and monitoring. Projects should educate and engage residents in watershed improvement while achieving measurable impacts and sustainable behavior change. Creative and innovative proposals are encouraged. 

The DEP will focus on funding projects that increase public engagement and promote stewardship activities that reduce pollutants through community-based restoration practices. Projects should be inclusive of the community and represent the diversity of Montgomery County. 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. 

Eligible Project Types:

  • Public Outreach and Stewardship
  • Community-Based Restoration Implementation
  • Litter Reduction in the Anacostia River Watershed through Trash Trap Maintenance and Monitoring.

For more information on eligible project types, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174996

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests will generally not exceed $50,000 for Public Outreach and Stewardship (Type 1) projects, $100,000 for Community Based Restoration Implementation (Type 2) projects, and $50,000 for Litter Reduction Projects in the Anacostia River Watershed (Type 3) projects. However, requests may exceed these levels with additional
justification and prior approval by the Trust.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 18 months upon receipt of the award. Requests to extend the project completion period will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization such as local watershed groups, faith-based organizations, service and civic groups, and more.

Applications must either be a Montgomery County based group or include at least one partner that represents a stakeholder.

Groups that have predominantly community-oriented missions, whether they are environmentally focused or not, are strongly encouraged to submit an application.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit applications in the Chesapeake Bay Trust Online System by 4:00 PM EST on December 2, 2021.

The FY21 Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program awards will be announced in March 2022.

Applicants are highly encouraged to contact the Trust to discuss their proposal or arrange for a site visit with the Trust and Montgomery County staff before applying for funding. Site visits should be scheduled no later than October 21, 2021, to allow sufficient time to visit the site and receive feedback for submission

A match is encouraged but is not required other than for permeable paver installation. For permeable paver installation projects, the budget should include a 20% match from the applicant organization. Preference will be given to projects with match and/or in-kind services.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For grant questions and technical support, contact:
Jeffrey Popp
410-974-2941 x103

The Chesapeake Bay Trust
108 Severn Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 974-2941

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