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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

  • Integration of Citizen-based Monitoring and Nontraditional Monitoring Partners:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO) is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for applicants to provide the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) non-federal partners with support for further integrating citizen-based and nontraditional environmental monitoring programs into the CBP partnership’s existing monitoring networks. Citizen-based monitoring programs are routine environmental data collection efforts carried out by volunteers and overseen and coordinated by a given organization. Nontraditional monitoring programs are defined here as routine environmental data collection carried out by a given organization or agency and may include local governments, conservation districts, or nongovernmental organizations (academia, river basin commissions, watershed organizations, etc.) that are currently not formally part of the CBP partnership’s existing monitoring networks. The integration of citizen-based and nontraditional partner monitoring programs into the CBP partnership’s monitoring networks will provide additional, cost-effective data and information that supports shared decision-making and adaptive management by the CBP partners focused on restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

    (Closing Date: 10/08/2014)
  • Manure Technologies Expert Panel Request for Proposals:

    The 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 several best management practices (BMPs) that fall under a broad umbrella of practices termed “manure technologies.” Proposals should address the process of developing expert-based recommendations for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reduction values or BMP efficiencies for the various manure technologies specified in the body of this request for proposals (RFP) and result in the delivery of a science-based, defensible report on the effectiveness of specified manure technology BMPs in reducing N, P and sediment loss to the Chesapeake Bay. 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 Model1 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 the 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: 10/03/2014)
  • Agriculture Technical Support for the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership:

    Chesapeake Bay Program Office Fiscal Year 2014 Request for Proposals for Agriculture Technical Support for the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO) is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for applicants to provide the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) non-federal partners with technical and programmatic support related to implementation of the agricultural components of the Chesapeake Bay watershed jurisdictions’ (listed below) watershed implementation plans (WIPs). Proposals should specifically address the need to assist and support efforts by the state, regional, and local partners and other non-federal stakeholders to build the institutional and programmatic capacity for accelerated implementation of agricultural conservation programs. This work should provide expanded technical, coordination, and logistical support to the CBP Partnership Water Quality Goal Implementation Team’s Agriculture Workgroup. Proposals should also provide for technical and coordination support to the non-federal partners and the appropriate CBP technical workgroups for determining the best means for ensuring all implemented agricultural conservation practices are tracked, verified, reported, accounted for, and simulated in the suite of CBP partnership models. This work includes providing technical and logistical support to the agricultural best management practice (BMP) expert panels as directed by the Agriculture Workgroup.

    CBP partners include federal agencies, seven watershed jurisdictions, and many non-federal organizations; however, work funded under this RFP will support six of the seven watershed jurisdictions and other non-federal partners. The seven watershed jurisdictions are Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. This RFP will not support the District of Columbia since they do not have any agricultural lands.

    (Closing Date: 09/22/2014)

Grant Opportunities

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