Through October 1, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee is accepting grant applications to conduct Chesapeake Bay-related education and restoration activities during 2015. These grants are funded by the sale of the special “Friend of the Chesapeake” license plates. For 2015, $347,740 will be awarded and the grant funds will be awarded in May-June 2015.
According to an August 29, 2014, news release from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr/files/PR2015.pdf), “[a]pplicants should submit proposals emphasizing environmental education or restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay. Grants are awarded for one year, except in special circumstances. Applications will be accepted from private not-for-profit conservation organizations, schools and universities, and governmental agencies whose projects will affect water bodies that are located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. There is no limit on the amount that an applicant may request.”
More information on the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, including the application, grant guidelines, and a catalogue of past projects can be found at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm, or by contacting the Division of Legislative Services, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219; phone (804) 786-3591.