The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program is now OPEN!

Stormwater Tour
The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant program, offered by the Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, is now accepting proposals to support watershed restoration and outreach throughout Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program encourages small-scale on-the-ground restoration practices like rain gardens and permeable pavement to reduce stormwater runoff and pollutants through community-based restoration. Equally, outreach and stewardship activities engaging Montgomery County residents in the restoration and protection of the local rivers and streams of Montgomery County are highly encouraged.

This funding opportunity is made possible through the County’s Water Quality Protection Charge and is available for projects throughout Montgomery County for grant awards of up to $100,000. The Trust welcomes applicants from 501©3 non-profit organizations such as community associations, faith-based organizations, youth, and civic groups, watershed organizations, and others. Nonprofits and communities with property in common ownership are strongly encouraged to apply. More information is available by visiting the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.

Deadline: September 27th, 2018 at 4pm

For questions contact Grant Manager: Jeffrey Popp, 410-974-2941, ext. 103

Please note that the municipalities of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park are not eligible for funding in this program; however they are eligible in a separate Outreach and Restoration Grant Program that is also open now with the Trust.


Patricia Britton

We are working with a technology developed at the University of Maryland which involves the magnetic harvesting of algae from water. The technology received seed money from the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund as well as state and federal grants. The inventor (working through Manta Biofuel) is currently demonstrating this technology in closed ponds for the production of biofuel. We would like to set up a call with our team to discuss a potential project for demonstrating this process in open waters to “harvest” algae blooms from Montgomery County rivers, streams and lakes impacting the Chesapeake Bay. Our team (S34Y) wants to start testing this process for the purpose of remediating algae blooms and controlling algae growth. The process would complement ongoing efforts to create natural bioremediation to control runoff of nutrients, byproducts into the watersheds.

We would like to learn more about this process and whether our proposed efforts would fit within the parameters. Please contact me at 240-242-3375 or 210-414-1746.

Msabah Rashidi Sange

We are asking for financial assistance for integral development to make our households viable.