Chesapeake & Coastal Service

Funding Opportunities

Aquatic Resources Education Grants Program

Assist Maryland's public and private schools; provides funds for classroom, laboratory, and/or field projects for student and teacher training. Enables students to develop an appreciation of aquatic habitats by providing education materials, incentives, training and other opportunities. The Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund allows Maryland to accelerate Bay restoration by focusing limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects as identified in the State’s Tributary Strategies and the 2-Year Milestones. State agencies must work with our local and federal partners to administer funding through new and innovative approaches that leverage the funds to the greatest extent possible, target the funds to the most cost effective locations and practices, engage the community at large, and hold everyone accountable.


Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

The Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund allows Maryland to accelerate Bay restoration by focusing limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects as identified in the State’s Tributary Strategies and the 2-Year Milestones. State agencies must work with our local and federal partners to administer funding through new and innovative approaches that leverage the funds to the greatest extent possible, target the funds to the most cost effective locations and practices, engage the community at large, and hold everyone accountable.


CoastSmart Communities Program

The CoastSmart Communities Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to promote the incorporation of natural resource and/or coastal management issues into local planning and permitting activities (a program change). Preference is given to projects that focus specifically on reducing community vulnerability to the effects of sea level rise through the modification of ordinances, codes, plans and programs. As part of CZMA Section 309, no match is required. For more information e-mail Kate Skaggs or call 410-260-8743.


Innovative Technology Fund

In partnership with the University of Maryland’s Maryland Industrial Partnership Program (MIPS), the State funds Research & Development projects focused on developing technologies that reduce nutrient and sediment pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, e-mail Sarah Lane or call 410-260-8788.


Natural Filters

As part of the State’s 2-Year Milestones, DNR is responsible for implementing natural filters (forest buffers, wetlands, etc) on public land. Local governments who have land available and are interested in natural filters are encouraged to e-mail Kristen Fleming or call 410-260-8813 to discuss technical assistance and funding opportunities.


Shore Erosion Control

Assistance to waterfront property owners in resolving shoreline and streambank erosion problems. Provides technical and financial assistance for design and installation of shoreline stabilization and streambank restoration projects. Awards provided to property owners and local governments for non-structural projects. If interested, contact Bhaskar Subramanian at 410-260-8786 to discuss technical assistance and funding opportunities.


Small-scale Construction and Acquisition Program (through CZM Section 306A)

Federal funding provided through the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 legislation which is designated for the acquisition of fee simple and other interests (e.g. easements) in land, low-cost construction projects (e.g. public access improvements) or habitat restoration projects. Additional documentation is required from NOAA before 306A projects can be approved. Section 306A funding must be matched 1:1 by non-federal fund sources.


Watershed Assistance Collaborative (Watershed Assistance Grant Program)

In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the State will offer planning and design grants and technical assistance through the Watershed Assistance Grant Program to meet the needs of local governments and communities preparing to undertake a comprehensive restoration effort. Up to $35,000 per project is available on a rolling basis.


Letter of Intent

If you would like to be considered for funding, but do not think your project matches up with one of our open RFPs, we invite you to create a profile in CCS Grants Online and indicate that you would like to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI application is similar our other grant applications and you should follow the steps for submitting the LOI through to completion. While funding is not guaranteed, your LOI will help CCP staff try to match you with an appropriate funding source or recommend other resources that may be available. There is no deadline for letters of intent, they are accepted on a rolling basis.


Requests for Proposals

Contact Information

Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone 410-260-8732
Fax 410-260-8739
customerservice@dnr.state.md.us