Anne Arundel Watershed Restoration Grant Program

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program, administered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, encourages on-the-ground watershed restoration activities that reduce the amount of stormwater flowing into local waterways, treat and filter pollutants from impervious surfaces, and engage residents in the restoration and protection of the local rivers and streams.

About the Program:

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration, and the City of Annapolis. The Trust is acting as the administrator for this award program which is funded entirely through the Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund and the Watershed Restoration Fund from the City of Annapolis.

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund projects to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. This award program aims to improve water quality in the County’s local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and County and City of Annapolis’ Stormwater Management Inventory and Watershed Improvement Plan, which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering the County’s waterways.

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 and City meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals. Applications under this award 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.

What this Funds:

In this grant program, we have traditionally included two categories of project types:

  • Category 1 projects are small-scale restoration projects that have a disturbance footprint less than 5,000 square feet or disturb less than 100 cubic yards of earth. 
  • Category 2 projects are large-scale restoration projects that have a disturbance footprint greater than 5,000 square feet or disturb more than 100 cubic yards of earth.   

Funding Available:

The funding partners anticipate a total of $1,000,000 available for awards in Anne Arundel County and $300,000 available for awards in the City of Annapolis. Funding requests will generally not exceed $300,000. For requests larger than $300,000, contact the Trust’s Senior Program Officer, Sarah T. Koser at (410) 974-2941 ext. 106 or for prior approval. 

Matching Funds: Matching/leveraged resources are not required but are viewed favorably. Indicate whether each matching entry is applied for, pledged, or in hand. Any resources that have been put into the project already during the design and permitting phases, including awards previously received, can be counted as matching funds. 

Eligible Applicants: 

Applications must include at least one partner that represents a stakeholder group based in Anne Arundel County (including the City of Annapolis). Eligible applicants must be a certified 501(c) non-profit organizations, such as: 

  • Local watershed groups
  • Community associations and homeowners’ associations 
  • Service, Youth, and Civic groups 
  • Faith-based organizations 

Non-profit organizations are eligible to propose projects on non-profit property, private property, City of Annapolis-owned property, or public school properties, with the assurance that the landowner is in support of the project (assurance to be included in the application). 

Eligible Project Locations:

The project must be located in Anne Arundel County (including the City of Annapolis for Category 1 or Category 2 projects.) Click here for guidelines for selecting an appropriate project site.

How to Apply:

RFPs are solicited annually by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, typically opening in the Fall and closing in the Spring. For more information and this year's Request For Proposals (RFP), visit the application page on the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.

Additional Resources:

Contact Us:

For questions relating to the Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program, please contact BWPR Grants Manager Katie Mullen or our partners at the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Awarded Projects:

For more information about project details and locations, please visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust's "Awarded Projects" Map
YearAwardeeProject TitleAward AmountWatershed
2023Chesapeake Rivers AssociationBroad Creek Gully and Stream Restoration - Belvoir Plantation$299,732.00 South River
2023Arundel Rivers FederationPreserve at Broad Creek Restoration$168,742.00 South River
2023Arundel Rivers FederationLong Point Shoreline Stabilization$358,185.00South River
2023Girl Scouts of Central MarylandCamp Whippoorwill Shoreline Restoration$300,000.00Magothy River
2022Chesapeake Rivers AssociationChestnut Hill Cove Ph III$299,890.00 Patapsco River
2022Chesapeake Rivers AssociationShipleys Retreat Stream Restoration$300,151.00 Severn River
2022Arundel Rivers FederationHoneysuckle Drive Shoreline Restoration$177,427.00South River
2022Arundel Rivers FederationTurkey Point (Paca Drive) Bio-Swale$31,514.00 South River
2022Pines Community Improvement AssociationPines Park Micro-Bioretention$24,479.00 Severn River
2021Arundel Rivers FederationSt. Mark UMC Stormwater Restoration$298,665.00 Patapsco River
2021Arundel Rivers FederationQuiet Waters - Caffrey Run Stream Restoration$221,960.00 South River
2021Chesapeake Rivers AssociationBelvoir Farm Pond SPSC Retrofit$274,880.00Severn River
2021Arundel Rivers FederationBroad Creek Valley West Stream Restoration$302,569.00 South River
2020Loch Haven Civic AssociationLoch Haven Beach Restoration/Living Shoreline$129,034.00 South River
2020Ulmstead Community Improvement DistrictUlmstead Community Park Rain Garden$18,900.00Magothy River
2020Severn River AssociationWest Severna Park Living Shoreline$32,277.00 Severn River
2020Chesapeake Rivers AssociationSt. Dixon / Central Sod Farm Restoration$242,567.00Severn River
2020Arundel Rivers FederationBroad Creek/Camp Woodlands Stream Restoration$43,198.00South River
2020Arundel Rivers FederationBeards Creek/Annapolis Landing Outfall & Stream Restoration$349,312.00 South River
2020Arundel Rivers FederationBroad Creek Park Stream Restoration Phase III$364,225.00South River
2019Arundel Rivers FederationBeechnut Kennels Stormwater Best Management Practice$47,331.00 South River
2019Arundel Rivers FederationGravely-Kings Branch Stream Restoration$378,487.00 South River
2019Arundel Rivers FederationHerrington Harbour Wetland Enhancement$192,940.00 Herring Bay
2019Chesapeake Rivers AssociationCircle Drive Dry Channel RSC$161,544.00Severn River
2019Annapolis Roads Property Owners AssociationAnnapolis Roads Mayapple Berms & Plantings$38,358.00Severn River
2019Alliance for the Chesapeake BayCape St. Claire Living Shoreline (Site 1)$298,868.00Magothy River
2018Arundel Rivers FederationBacon Ridge Stream Restoration$164,122.00 South River
2018Alliance for the Chesapeake BayAsbury United Methodist Church & Broadneck Park$136,404.00 Severn River
2018Arundel Rivers FederationBroad Creek Health Dept. Phase II$370,746.00South River
2017Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards AcademyBerrywood Community Cattail Creek Stream Restoration $355,549.00 Magothy River
2017South River FederationTwin Harbors Bioretention & Shoreline$377,100.00Magothy River
2017South River FederationTurnbull Estate Living Shoreline
Bacon Ridge Outfall  Stabilization
$86,665.00South River
2017South River FederationBacon Ridge Outfall  Stabilization$67,901.00 South River
2017South River FederationUnited Church of Christ Pond Retrofit$30,000.00 South River
2016Chesapeake Rivers AssociationWinchester on the Severn Stream Restoration$299,953.00 Severn River
2016Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards AcademyRiverwise Congregations Empowering Believers Stormwater Best Management Practice$43,080.00 Patapsco River
2016South River FederationKillarney House Stream Restoration$198,950.00South River
2016South River FederationTristate Marine Stream Restoration$164,010.00Herring Bay
2016South River FederationBroad Creek Health Dept. Phase I Stream Restoration$100,000.00South River
2016South River FederationSt. Anne's School Rain Garden$15,000.00 South River
2016Chesapeake Rivers AssociationCoventry Court Dry Channel RSC$102,390.00Severn River
2015Herald Harbor Citizens AssociationHerald Harbor Bonaparte Rd SPSC$54,413.00 Severn River
2015South River FederationCamp Woodlands Pre-Treatment$55,494.00 South River
2015West/Rhode RiverkeeperAvalon Shores Fire Department$45,000.00West River
2015South River FederationHillsmere Bioretention$77,406.00South River
2015South River FederationHarbor Center Stream Restoration$100,000.00South River
2015Round Bay Community AssociationRandell Road Bioretention$23,387.00 Magothy River