The Environmental Education Grant Program is an annual program of the Chesapeake Bay Trust that seeks proposals that advance environmental literacy in Maryland and result in students gaining the knowledge, skills, and appreciation for nature to take responsible actions to protect and restore their local environment. The Trust welcomes adaptations and alternative approaches due to COVID-19 restrictions and the uncertainty impacting schools throughout Maryland. Eligible projects for this funding opportunity fall under two tracks listed below. To learn more about the program and eligible project types see the Request for Proposals (RFP) found on our website.

Track 1 Single-Year Requests: There are three types of single-year proposals for a grant period of March 2021 – August 2022:
a) Environmental Literacy Programs (up to $40,000)
b) Environmental Literacy Planning (up to $40,000)
c) Outdoor Classrooms (up to $20,000)

Track 2 Multi-Year Requests: Applicants may request up to $40,000 per year for three years (maximum is $120,000 total award over years 2021-2024) for projects that focus on the establishment or enhancement of a systemic Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) program that will be embedded into the curriculum of a targeted grade or course at all schools across a school district. Applicants can submit two year or three year requests but all applicants for multi-year requests must talk with Trust staff prior to formulating proposals.

Deadline: Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4pm EST

Contact: Tara Drennan, Senior Program Officer,