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Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Grants Gateway (Grants Gateway) was created to streamline the grant application process for government and non-governmental organizations as well as academic institutions - providing a one-stop location for communities seeking technical and financial support for projects that foster healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change.

To assist Maryland’s communities, the department through the Grants Gateway will provide a single point of entry for organizations seeking technical and financial assistance to restore local waterways, increase their resilience to climate impacts, strengthen local economies, and to develop the next generation of environmental stewards.

Grants are made possible with funding through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, the Coastal Resiliency Program, the Waterway Improvement Fund, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program. Through the improved connections across similar grant programs, the department seeks to support more comprehensive and integrated projects that achieve (at least one of) the following outcomes.

  • Outcome 1 – Accelerate recovery and restoration of natural resources by implementing non-point source pollution control projects.
  • Outcome 2 – Enhance capacity to understand and effectively plan for and address flood risks associated with a changing climate.
  • Outcome 3 – Utilize natural and nature-based infrastructure to enhance resilience to climate change.
  • Outcome 4 – Improve student ability to take actions that benefit Chesapeake and coastal ecosystems through outdoor learning experiences.
  • Outcome 5 – Foster sustainable development and use of Maryland waterways with projects that benefit the general boating public. (Coming in Summer 2019).

Please review the solicitation to review all submission guidelines and requirements.

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Submission Guidelines
All applications must be submitted through CCS’s Grants Gateway: Applications CANNOT be mailed, faxed or submitted in person. To submit a proposal, you will first need to visit the website and sign up by clicking on “Sign Up.” Please store your username and password in a secure location for later reference. Your username and password will be used to submit online reports if your project is selected and to submit future proposals.

The proposals will be due to the Department of Natural Resources by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday April 30, 2019 through the new CCS web-based grants management portal at: