Eight Montgomery County environmental organizations have received grants totaling $388,000 for nine overall projects to improve water quality and help manage stormwater runoff in the County. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) have awarded the grants—ranging from $20,000 to $80,000—to support neighborhood groups and nonprofit organizations working to protect local waterways.
Established in 2014, the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program supports projects and programs that improve communities and water quality through public engagement, education and on-the-ground restoration projects. Programs awarded grants can include public outreach and stewardship projects—such as conservation landscape plantings, community outreach and stormwater management practices.
Funding for the projects is made possible through Montgomery County’s water quality protection fund. The CBT, a regional grant-maker specializing in the engagement of nonprofit entities in restoration and outreach work, administers the grants for the County.
More information on the list of organizations that won grants and the supported projects are available here.