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August 5, 2013

Grants Available for Water Quality Improvement Plans and Designs

by Martha

Application deadline August 30

Workers looking over watershed improvement plansThe Watershed Assistance Collaborative, a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the University of Maryland is providing funding and on the ground assistance to Maryland communities seeking to carry out projects to improve their local waterways.

Created by the Collaborative, the Watershed Assistance Grant Program ─ open to nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based groups, local governments and more ─ is currently providing up to $50,000 per applicant to improve water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and in the Maryland Coastal Bays.

The Collaborative is seeking requests for technical planning and design assistance for watershed restoration programs and projects. In addition to the Watershed Assistance Grant Program, the Chesapeake Bay Trust offers 13 other grant programs in which communities can seek funding and technical support.

The strongest design proposals will include 90- to 100- percent biddable designs and specifications, and will be linked to potential projects prioritized in a county’s watershed action plans. A few examples of eligible planning projects include wetland creation, stream restoration, and rain gardens.  Funding for watershed action plans, if not already existing, will also be considered in this program.

The program is currently accepting grant applications (up to $50,000) until 5 p.m. on August 30, 2013. For more information and to apply online, click here.

The Watershed Assistance Grant Program provides support to localities on watershed planning and restoration project design. The Program has helped communities communicate strategies to restore their watersheds, awarding more than $1.2 million total through 48 grants across the State. For examples of model projects, visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s website here.

For more information or assistance, contact this program’s grant manager, Hieu Truong with the Chesapeake Bay Trust at 410-974-2941 ext. 112; or Jenn Raulin with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8745.

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