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ENVIRONMENT ANNE ARUNDEL FUND

Environment Anne Arundel 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.

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.

Applications should demonstrate the non-profits’ ability to:

  • educate the public on protecting the natural environment,
  • raise awareness of the impact of public and private actions on the natural environment,
  • engage citizens to help improve and protect the natural environment.

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.

Grant Timeline:

  • Grant applications open on August 1, and close on September 18, 2020 at 11:59pm.
  • The grant review committee will review applications and conduct interviews if necessary.  Grants will be awarded at the conclusion of the process.
  • The funding period is November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021.
  • Note: A final evaluation assessing project outcomes is required for all grant projects within six weeks of completion. Report formats will be provided.

QUESTIONS: Contact Kristen Krall at kristen@cfaac.org  or 410-280-1102 x104

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