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Issuing Officer

Gabe Cohee
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone 410-260-8753
Fax 410-260-8739

Useful Resources

Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

Cost-Effective Non-Point Source Pollution Reduction Grants

Maryland’s Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund (Trust Fund) is seeking to fund the most cost-effective, efficient nonpoint nutrient and sediment reduction project proposals in geographic targeted areas of the State. The Trust Fund encourages projects that will achieve the greatest reduction per dollar invested.

Please review the proposal solicitation available in the sidebar to review all proposal requirements and submission guidelines.


Funding is available to local governments and non-governmental organizations, including bi-county agencies, counties, municipalities, forest conservancy district boards, soil/water conservation districts, resource conservation and development councils, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations having a demonstrated ability to implement non-point source pollution control projects.

Individual private or commercial landowners; consultants, contractors, and other for-profit entities with demonstrated restoration experience are encouraged to apply in partnership with an entity identified above.

Geographic Targeting

Trust Fund Targeting Map links to Electronic map 

Grant Terms

Funding will be made available on a competitive basis to projects in fiscal year 2019 for funding available July 1, 2018. Grants will be subject to the Trust Fund Grant Agreement’s conditions. Unless otherwise authorized by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), all payments to grantees under this Grant will be made on a reimbursable basis. For more information about Trust Fund grants, please review the Grantee Introductory Packet and sample agreement available in the sidebar ‘Useful Resources’ section.


Letter of Intent Due: January 19, 2018
Final Proposals Due: March 30, 2018
Awards Announced by July 1, 2018

Letters of Intent: Letters of Intent are to be submitted through the CCS Grants Online System by 5:00 pm on Friday January 19, 2018. If you are interested in applying and missed the Letter of Intent window, please contact the Issuing Officer to discuss your project idea.

After logging in Grants Online, please use the menu to choose “Submit a Proposal” and select “TRUST FUND Letter of Intent”. Templates for the Letter of Intent can be downloaded under “STEP 1b”, while the budget template can be downloaded in “STEP 2”. These are intended to be preliminary budgets based on current project estimates. Please do not include any attachments during this LOI process.

Full Project Proposals:Full proposals must be submitted through the CCS Grants Online System by 5:00 pm on Friday March 30, 2018. Full project proposals cannot be submitted through the Grants Online system until after the Letter of Intent period closes on January 20, 2017.

Full proposals submitted by fax or email will not be accepted.

Nutrient & Sediment Reduction Calculator

To accurately reflect nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment load reductions from proposed BMPs, applicants will provide information on the location of the proposed implementation and give details on the practice design. When BMP engineering specifications are not available, default specifications will be used.

An online tool, FieldDoc.org is available to estimate nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reductions. The landuse loading rates and BMP effectiveness estimates within FieldDoc are consistent with Bay Program protocols and MS4 calculations and must be used to calculate reductions for your proposal submission. Any proposal that does not include calculations from FieldDoc will not be considered. After letters of intent are submitted, department staff can provide assistance to applicants to help calculate their load reductions.