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ENVIRONMENT ANNE ARUNDEL FUND

Environment Anne Arundel Fund Fund Application

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County’s (CFAAC) Environment Anne Arundel Fund, established in 2014, supports Anne Arundel County nonprofit organizations working to protect and improve the environment in Anne Arundel County and the Chesapeake Bay.

Support the Environment Anne Arundel Fund

Anne Arundel County is a place of natural beauty that can be enjoyed through two state parks and 70 county parks linked by an extensive network of recreation and transportation trails. With 534 miles of linear coastline, the county ranks second for waterfront in the state. The Chesapeake Bay is perhaps Anne Arundel County’s most treasured natural resource, constituting the largest estuary in the United States.

As outlined in the CFAAC Community Needs Assessment, Poverty Amidst Plenty VI: On the Road to Progress for All, Chapter 1 Environment, despite many efforts by federal, state, and local governments and other interested parties, indicators of the health of the Chesapeake Bay, including rates pollution, and protection of natural habitat and fisheries, continue to receive failing grades. The amount of pollution in the Bay does not meet existing water quality standards. Waterways are considered “impaired” because of excessive levels of major contaminants, which are largely a result of untreated stormwater runoff. Air quality and lead pollution in the drinking water is an issue for vulnerable residents.

Based on available funding, the Environment Anne Arundel Fund will award one or two $3000 to $5000 grants. Successful grant applicants will support projects that improve and green communities, address environmental issues such as stormwater, and/or increase student awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay, local streams and rivers, and other natural areas. Local nonprofits, including schools operating in Anne Arundel County, will be eligible to apply for these funds.

To be eligible to apply, organizations must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Operate in Anne Arundel County (AAC), Maryland,
  • Have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service;
  • Be in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation;
  • Be in compliance with the Maryland Secretary of State Charitable Organization Registration Requirements.
  • An organization may file only one application.

Timeline:

  • Environment Anne Arundel grant program will open on August 15, 2021 and close on September 30, 2021 at midnight. Awards will be announced in October 2021.
  • The grant review committee will review applications and conduct interviews if necessary. Grants will be awarded at the conclusion of the process.
  • Note: A final evaluation assessing project outcomes is required for all grant projects within six weeks of completion. Report formats will be provided.

2020 Grantees:

  • Kick Gas! ED-EV in Greater Annapolis for an electrical vehicle video
  • The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park to install a major stormwater management system at its Park Campus
  • The Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park
  • Watershed Steward's Academy, Inc (WSA) to plant a 3,100 square foot conservation landscape at Congregation Kol Shalom, one of WSA’s RiverWise Congregations.

Application Questions: Contact grants@cfaac.org or 410-280-1102 x104

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