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Watershed Restoration Grant Program

The Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a grant program to support watershed restoration projects and programs throughout Anne Arundel County*. 

The Watershed Restoration Grant Program aims to improve water quality in Anne Arundel County’s local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering the County’s waterways.  

Although the grant program is funded entirely through the Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration and Protection Fund, the County has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, who will administer the program for the County.  The Chesapeake Bay Trust promotes public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.


What this funds: The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund projects to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. Projects must accomplish on-the-ground restoration that treats rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces at a cost effective price or demonstrates the accomplishment of another metric that will help the County meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals. Applications under this grant program that demonstrate sound design and cost efficiency in meeting this goal will be most competitive. To demonstrate this, applicants will be required to provide sound technical designs and project budgets as outlined in this application package.

Who can apply: Non-profit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations, and more. See RFP for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: Funding is available in amounts ranging from $20,000 to $300,000. Larger awards possible with additional justification and prior approval from the Trust.

Restoration implementation project location: Project be located in Anne Arundel County (excluding the City of Annapolis).  Click here for guidelines for selecting an appropriate project site.

Is a match required? Match is encouraged but is not required. Preference will be given to projects with match and/or in-kind services.

Deadline: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 4pm EST

*All applicants must contact the Trust to arrange a site visit between Trust and funding partner staff before applying for funding. The deadline for pre-application site visit scheduling is Tuesday, December 31, 2019; site visits must be held by February 14, 2020.

For more information, visit the application page.

Pollutant Reduction Calculator (MS Excel)

Crediting Protocols and Data Requirements for Restoration Projects

2018 WPRP Grant Projects

2017 WPRP Grant Projects

2016 WPRP Grant Projects

2015 WPRP Grant Projects


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