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Grants & RFPs

The Bay Program and its partners offer multiple grant opportunities to help fund restoration projects of all sizes across the Chesapeake watershed.

Current Opportunities

  • Supplemental Agriculture Land Use Loading Data Request for Proposals:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) through its Expert Panel Management Cooperative Agreement with Virginia Tech (VT) is seeking to gather information/data related to land use-based nutrient and sediment “edge of field” and “edge of stream” loads. Within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model (CBWM), edge of field loads are defined as the amount of a given constituent (e.g., nutrients or sediment) that is available for export from a given land use per unit time, i.e. a loading rate. This request for proposals (RFP) seeks specifically to identify an entity that will work with regional colleges and land grant universities to gather agricultural land use loading rate information/data that is available, but that has yet to be published in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. project reports, unpublished research data, grey literature).

    (Closing Date: 03/01/2015)
  • Consultant services technical assistance to support Chesapeake Bay Program:

    The purpose of this Request for Proposals ("RFP") is to invite entities experienced in various aspects of fisheries, watershed science and policy, watershed stewardship, local leadership, wetlands, toxics, and other watershed issues to submit proposals to the Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust). The Trust has been designated to receive federal funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as part of the Bay Program Goal Implementation Team Project Initiative. The work to be supported advance outcomes from the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Ten specific outcomes from ten management goals have been identified as top priorities to address, and these stretch across all Goal Implementation Teams/ The Funding is supplied by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


    This program and request for proposals includes nine components separated into nine individual scopes of work. Three focus on fisheries issues, two focus on citizen stewardship topics, one each focuses on wetlands, toxics, local leadership, and healthy watersheds. Offerers can bid on one or more of the individual scopes of work, with each scope of work addressed in a separate proposal. The nine components are listed below, and scope details and qualifications of bidders are described in more detail in link above.

    (Closing Date: 01/05/2015)
  • Urban Tree Canopy Expert Panel Request for Proposals:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) through its Expert Panel Management Cooperative Agreement with Virginia Tech (VT) is seeking proposals to assemble an Expert Panel to determine pollution control performance measure estimates for the best management practice (BMP) of extended urban tree canopy. Proposals should address the process of developing expert-based recommendations for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and sediment reduction values from existing urban tree canopy and BMP efficiencies that result from increases in urban tree canopy, as specified in the body of this request for proposals (RFP). The awarded group will deliver a science-based, defensible report on the effectiveness of the expanded urban tree canopy BMP in reducing N, P and sediment loss to the Chesapeake Bay (Bay). When conducting their business and reporting their findings, Expert Panels are expected to adhere to the process and protocols contained in the document entitled Protocol for the Development, Review, and Approval of Loading and Effectiveness Estimates for Nutrient and Sediment Controls in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model 1 hereafter referred to as the “BMP Protocol.” The selected expert panel will be assisted by Virginia Tech’s Project Coordinator for Expert Panel BMP Assessment who is located in EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, MD. Included in that assistance is logistical support for all Expert Panel conference calls (including providing a conference bridge) and meetings.

    (Closing Date: 01/05/2015)

Grant Opportunities

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