Application Now Open for Chesapeake Bay Trust Outreach and Restoration Grant Program

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SALISBURY, MD – Mayor Jake Day is pleased to announce that the Chesapeake Bay Trust Outreach and Restoration grant program is now open for applications. $75 thousand in grants is available for local nonprofits seeking funding for environmental projects, funded from the City of Salisbury’s Stormwater Utility.

Partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to fund the grants helps Salisbury implement more water-quality improvement projects throughout the City and meet its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit goals.

“Partnering with CBT for the Outreach and Restoration Grant program allows the City to see more in-the-ground projects that are helping improve the City’s stormwater runoff,” says City of Salisbury Sustainability Specialist Alyssa Hastings. “It also creates a funding source to help support local community groups and nonprofits seeking to implement tree plantings, trash cleanups, rain gardens, educational programs, and many other water quality improvement projects.”

The City of Salisbury first provided funding for the Chesapeake Bay Trust Outreach and Restoration grant program in 2020, and has since seen significant interest in the program.

“The interest in this grant program shown by our local organizations further affirms Salisbury’s commitment to the health of our beloved Wicomico River and Chesapeake Bay,” says Mayor Jake Day. “I’m excited to continue our years-long work with the Chesapeake Bay Trust. No matter what happens at the federal level, these projects prove that Salisbury’s sustainability initiatives are going strong.”

This funding opportunity aims to support organizations that are working towards a variety of goals, including community-related and environmental-focused projects, the improvement of Maryland’s natural resources, and the enhancement of local communities.

All projects should meet one or both of the following goals:

  1. Engage members of a specific audience in the community and environmental issues through knowledge building or behavior change efforts at multiple stages of the project.
  2. Accomplish on-the-ground restoration that will result in improvements to the health of a Maryland natural resource, either through water quality improvement or habitat enhancement.

In addition to the above goals, projects should also meet the specific goals for each project type as specified in the Outreach and Restoration packet, which can be found below.

More information on the Outreach and Restoration grant program can be found here: https://cbtrust.org/grants/outreach-and-restoration/

With questions, please contact City of Salisbury Sustainability Specialist Alyssa Hastings at ahastings@salisbury.md.

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