The Chesapeake Bay Trust, with support from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), seeks nontidal wetland projects in the State of Maryland through the Maryland Nontidal Wetland Award Program.   Funds Available = $760,000.

This announcement is a notification that the DEADLINE has been EXTENDED.  The new deadline to submit your proposal is Thursday, March 23, 2023.

For more information on the program and how to apply, click here:

The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective wetland projects to provide valuable wetland functions, including habitat for a wide range of species and improved water quality, flood attenuation, recharge of groundwater, and aesthetics in the State’s local watersheds and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay, Youghiogheny River, and Atlantic Coastal Bays.  We welcome requests from local governments, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, contractors, and for-profit entities.  The output of this program is to design, construct, monitor, and protect nontidal wetland sites and their associated buffers in the State of Maryland. Funded projects will be considered as In-Lieu Fee compensatory wetland mitigation sites and regulated wetland areas.

A map of eligible project locations and priority watersheds can be found here:

A mandatory Pre-Application Site Visit is required to be completed by Tuesday, February 28, 2023.  To schedule a site visit, please fill out Appendix C and reach out to the Trust for available dates:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers have been posted on the program’s landing page here:, including an exception to the minimum acreage:

Question: Are there any exceptions to the minimum acreages described in the RFP?

Answer: The Trust and MDE may consider projects less than 10 acres with prior approval to submit an application. However, projects submitted with less than 10 acres of forested wetlands will not be as competitive as other applications that do meet the minimum acreage requirements and their cost-effectiveness will likely be lower compared to larger sites. Please see the priority watersheds map in the RFP and located here: