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Chesapeake Bay Trust Announces Almost $1 Million in Grants to Improve Local Communities

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 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC) – The Chesapeake Bay Trust announced almost $1 million in grants to be awarded throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These awards will be given to more than 60 nonprofit organizations, municipalities and local schools through the Trust's competitive grand programs. 

The awards approved by the Trust's board of trustees range from smaller education and outreach grants to larger scale restoration and stormwater management efforts. They will fund projects to restore shorelines in the area and increase habitat. They also aim to advance community green spaces and green infrastructure, promote public outrage and education and promote outdoor learning activities for students. In 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded more than $6.5 million total. 

Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust said the grants include groundbreaking projects.  

“The grants will not only benefit local communities, but will also engage both adults and young people alike in efforts to improve local water quality and protect our natural resources,” said Davis. “We are please to work with our dedicated partners and grantees who are implementing exceptional projects that are improving our local neighborhoods and waterways.”

The Trust said the grants will advance K-12 environmental education efforts, create living shorelines in Maryland. They will also create green spaces in what are now vacant lots in Baltimore City, fund neighborhood clean-ups as well as tree plantings and other community-focused projects. 

The grants are made available through the Trust's Living Shoreline grant program, Growing Green Design Competition. 

The grants include “mini grants” of less than $5,000, as well as grants through the Trust's Living Shoreline grant program and the Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate Program. 

The Chesapeake Bay Trust credits strong partnerships with Baltimore City, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Prince George's County Department of the Environment for making the grant dollars possible. The Trust also receives funding from the Treasure the Chesapeake license plate program and donations from the Bay Fund on the Maryland state income tax form. 

Ninety percent of the money the Trust receives is devoted to support projects and programs to benefit the environment. 

“The Chesapeake Bay Trust carefully evaluates each and every grant request we receive to ensure the projects we fund meet our criteria: a valuable impact on improving water quality and engagement and education of the public,” continued Davis. “We take our role as fiscal manager very seriously and work hands-on with our grantees to get as many valuable projects as possible in the ground and moving forward.”

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Trust, visit http://www.cbtrust.org/site/c.miJPKXPCJnH/b.5368633/k.BDEA/Home.htm
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