Grants Gateway

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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. Grants Gateway provides a one-stop location for partners seeking technical and financial support for projects that foster healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change.

Maryland’s communities are faced with a future of higher intensity storms, increased populations and development, changing sea levels and flooding, and a growing demand for healthy places for tourism and recreation. These trends make the already challenging task of restoring the Chesapeake Bay, safeguarding people and infrastructure and managing natural resources even more complex.

To assist Maryland’s communities, the department will provide a single point of entry through the Grants Gateway for organizations seeking technical and financial assistance to restore local waterways, increase their resilience to climate impacts, strengthen local economies and 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 and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program. Through the improved connections across 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 reduction projects.
  • Outcome 2 – Understand and enhance capacity to plan for impacts from coastal and precipitation based flood events.​
  • Outcome 3 – Design and construct habitat restoration projects to address erosion and ​flooding in communities and on public lands.
  • Outcome 4 – Improve student ability to take action benefiting Chesapeake and coastal ecosystems through outdoor learning and stewardship.
  • Outcome 5​ – Foster sustainable development and use of Maryland waterways with projects that benefit the general boating public.​
  • Shoreline Erosion Loan Program - Protect waterfront property and enhance wildlife habitat utilizing nature-based living shoreline techniques.

Click on image below to review the solicitation and all submission guidelines and requirements

Cover of Grants Gateway Solicitation

Submission Guidelines

All applications must be submitted through CCS’s Grants Gateway: Applications CANNOT be m​ailed, faxed or submitted in person. If this is your first time submitting 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.


All proposals must be submitted through the CCS web-based grants management portal at:​

Outcome 5 proposals will be due by 11:59 p.m. on September 18, 2023.

​All other outcome proposals and the loan program will be due by 11:59 p.m. on December 14, 2023.