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$1.6 Million in Grants for a Greener Maryland

PHOTO: Tree plantings are among the 83 projects being funded with a new round of grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
PHOTO: Tree plantings are among the 83 projects being funded with a new round of grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
February 26, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - From planting trees and grasses to "green up" neighborhoods, to restoration of storm-water systems, $1.6 million in grants for more than 80 projects have just been announced by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The group's executive director, Dr. Jana Davis, says they offer a wide range of grants to encourage nonprofit organizations of all sizes to apply. She explains the projects not only offer local benefits but they're educational.

"We also want them to understand the thing they've just done that's great for their neighborhoods is also great for the larger system of natural resources in our region, your local stream, your local river, and ultimately in our case, the Chesapeake Bay," says Davis.

The Trust offers grants through 20 programs and accepts applications throughout the year.

Davis says she's noticed an interesting trend recently.

"We have seen an increase in the amount of interest in faith-based communities," says Davis. "Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques are putting projects on their grounds in addition to congregations becoming engaged in a more outreach way."

Last year, the Chesapeake Bay Trust awarded more than $9 million in grants which set a new record. Funding comes not only from the Trust, but depends on partnerships with the Environmental Protection Agency and Prince George's, Montgomery and Charles counties.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD