The Chesapeake Bay Trust and Chesapeake Oyster Alliance (a program supported by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation) are excited to continue our partnership, the Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Program, for another year. The purposes of the program are to 1) increase knowledge within priority audiences of the value of oysters, oyster fisheries, and aquaculture efforts, 2) advance technologies for increasing oyster population or aquaculture production, and/or 3) advance oyster population monitoring techniques. This grant program funds projects in all seven jurisdictions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

What the program funds: The funding partners will consider projects that meet any of the following three goals: increased knowledge about oyster fisheries or oyster aquaculture, advances in small-scale technologies for either increasing oyster population or oyster aquaculture, and increases in oyster fishery or aquaculture measurement/monitoring techniques or activities. Projects that advance awareness and implementation of effective, appropriate oyster and aquaculture-related practices common in other estuarine systems are encouraged. For a full list of eligible project types refer to our website and Request for Proposals here.

How much can be awarded: Up to $10,000.

Who can apply: Funding partners welcome requests from members of the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance (COA) including community organizations and both for-profit and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. If your organization is not a member of the COA but is interested in becoming a member and thus create eligibility to apply to this program, please contact Tanner Council at (Note: all other grant questions should be directed to Amber Cameron – contact information below)

To review the Request for Proposals and Apply visit our website here.

The deadline for this program is Thursday, September 7th, 2023 at 4:00 PM EST.

For technical assistance contact the program manager Amber Cameron at (410) 974-2941 x 124 or