​The programs are aligned with Maryland’s Environmental Literacy and Common Core Standards.


​Cindy Etgen
Aquatic Resources Education Section Chief - Chesapeake and Coastal Service
MD Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401

Aquatic Resources Education Grant Program

Maryland’s Aquatic Resources Education (ARE) Grants Program assists public and private schools (pre-K -12) and environmental education centers that are part of the public school system by providing funding for aquatic based projects.

two young boys walking in stream with nets

Schools can apply for up to $2000.00 per school year for student driven projects that benefit Maryland’s aquatic resources.

County Environmental/Outdoor Education Centers that are part of the public school system can apply for up to $4000.00 per school year.

Grant requests must have a connection to water and Maryland’s aquatic resources. Service learning and community involvement as well as student written grants are strongly encouraged.

Young boy student studying snail with magnifying glassThis program encourages matching funds, partnerships, technical support from local resources, and volunteer time!

The ARE Grant Program does fund some teacher training, substitute time for project planning, and transportation costs. For planting projects all trees, shrubs, and plants must be native to Maryland.

The ARE Grants Program can not fund: computer or video equipment, prizes, t-shirts, food, reimbursement for completed projects, or field trip/program admission fees.



Examples of Projects Funded through ARE Grants:

  • ​Trout in the Classroom Equipment
  • ​Rain Gardens
  • ​Stream Clean Ups
  • ​Wetland Projects
  • ​Storm Drain Stenciling
  • ​and more!

Do You Have a Project Idea?

If you have a project idea call or email ahead with questions or suggestions; we can help you with project ideas and grant tips before you apply!

The deadline is a rolling deadline but please allow 4-6 weeks for approval before you start your project.

For more information about the ARE Grants Program, contact Cindy Etgen at 410-260-8716.

Grant Applications

This program has funded hundreds of projects in all 24 school districts
in Maryland over the past 23 years.