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