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Over $1.3 Million Announced to Support Projects to Advance Restoration of Maryland Waterways Through a Unique Public-Private Partnership
News Release, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Annapolis, Maryland – The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, Charles County, City of Gaithersburg, Harford County, Howard County, Queen Anne’s County, and the City of Salisbury announce $1,361,357 in funding for the Trust’s Outreach and Restoration Grant Program. These awards allow a diverse range of environmental and non-environmental organizations alike, such as faith organizations, workforce organizations, neighborhood associations, and business associations, to lead projects that enhance communities and improve natural resources. This round of grants demonstrates the benefits of a unique partnership between a grant-maker and multiple local governments who aim to engage and support their nonprofit communities on-the-ground through efficient administration of grant awards.
Awards were made to 39 projects rigorously reviewed by external technical experts and following widely accepted restoration best practices.
“This unprecedented program partnership with seven different governments speaks to the importance of working together to achieve efficiencies,” said Dr. Jana Davis, executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “We are thrilled that so many dynamic projects can be supported to engage residents in natural resources projects, and that so many jurisdictions value the engagement of their local on-the-ground nonprofits, both primarily environmental as well as non-environmental, in addressing natural resource challenges.”
Awardees announced will not only implement projects that include the removal of impervious surfaces, expansion of tree canopies, inclusion of bioretention and other stormwater treatment practices, and other green infrastructure practices but also develop environmental curricula as well as outreach and educational programs that can be adopted in other communities to ensure that the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed community benefits from their lead.
The Outreach and Restoration Grant Program is one of several opportunities the Chesapeake Bay Trust offers throughout the year shaped by three core objectives: environmental education, demonstration-based restoration, and community engagement. The Trust partners with municipalities and organizations to leverage investments and increase watershed improvements.