The Environmental Education Grant Program is an annual program of the Chesapeake Bay Trust that seeks to fund programs and initiatives that advance environmental literacy and result in students gaining the knowledge, skills, and appreciation for nature to take action to protect and restore their local environment. The Trust knows this continues to be a challenging time for school districts and environmental education organizations and welcomes adaptations and innovative approaches to (1) MWEEs meeting COVID-19 restrictions and (2) addressing barriers to advancing environmental literacy at the district and state level. Eligible projects for this funding opportunity fall under two tracks:

  • Track 1 Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Implementation: Proposals for up to $40,000 per year for up to three years for projects that focus on piloting (one-year requests) or embedding systemic (multiyear requests) MWEEs into school district’s curriculum.
  • Track 2 Environmental Literacy Capacity Building: Proposals for up to $40,000 for a year (latest project end date August 2023) for district or state-wide environmental literacy capacity building and collaboration efforts that advance environmental literacy within school district(s).

For more detail about the grant program, eligible projects, and how to apply see the Request for Proposals (RFP) at

Deadline: Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 4pm EST

Who can apply?: Maryland school districts, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, higher education institutions, community associations, and more.

Contact: Tara Drennan if you have any questions.