In 1995, legislation was passed creating the Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Fund Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee was given the responsibility
of developing goals and guidelines for the use of the moneys collected
from the sale of the special Chesapeake Bay license plates. By December
1 of each year, the Advisory Committee is to present to the Governor
and the General Assembly a plan for expending these funds. The Advisory
Committee will recommend that such expenditures be in the form of
financial grants for the support of specific Chesapeake Bay projects.
Applicants should complete the grant application form available
from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee. No application
will be accepted after the 5:00 p.m., October 1, 2012, deadline.
Typewritten proposals shall be submitted to the:
Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Fund Advisory Committee
c/o Division of Legislative Services
910 Capitol Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
*As an option, the
application and W-9 forms may be completed online using the website.
Projects selected for funding
will be recommended for inclusion in the 2013 budget bill and applicants
will receive notification of their awards by the Advisory Committee
upon approval of the state budget in May 2013.
Applications will be accepted from state agencies, local governments,
and public or private not-for-profit agencies, institutions, or
organizations. Grants will not be awarded to individuals. Preferences
will be given to environmental education and action-oriented conservation
and restoration projects within Virginiaís Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Activities which are not
eligible for funding include:
giving or fund raising
or benefits (unless directly performing specific project activities)
Each year the Advisory Committee will establish specific priorities
for funding. This year under the subjects of environmental education,
and restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay, applicants
are encouraged to submit proposals in the following areas:
The goal of environmental
education is to increase public awareness and knowledge about the
Bay resulting in behavioral change. Proposals are invited which:
and enhance environmental training for educators.
environmental educational opportunities and the use of existing
educational resources (curricula, publications, field studies)
in schools and community programs for students, teachers and adults.
the involvement of students and the public in Bay restoration
public support for Chesapeake Bay restoration by purchase of Chesapeake
Bay license plates.
and Conservation Priorities
that contribute to meeting tributary strategy nutrient reduction
that protect water quality from nonpoint sources of water pollution
resulting from the use of land.
that enhance and protect tidal fishery habitats.
that seek to restore tidal fisheries (finfish, crabs, clams and
that focus on the prevention of toxic substances entering the
Bay and its tributaries.
that restore important Bay wetlands and habitat.
The Advisory Committee will favor a proposal which:
- Will have a positive,
tangible benefit to the Bay and the Bay program;
- Reflects priorities
established by the Advisory Committee;
- Presents clear
- Includes a plan
for achieving objectives (presents a specific, feasible plan of
action to accomplish well-defined results);
- Demonstrates qualifications
necessary to carry out the project;
- Is technically
and financially feasible;
- Results from an
assessment of community needs and addresses local Bay-related
- Provides an opportunity
for cooperation among diverse organizations;
- Utilizes existing
resources and expertise from local businesses, industries, public
agencies, academic institutions, and conservation and environmental
- Emphasizes the
service of volunteers to minimize administrative overhead;
- Provides a practical
model for use by other organizations and communities and includes
a plan for dissemination; and
- Demonstrates a
realistic prospect of successfully completing the project.
Grants are awarded for one year, except in special circumstances.
The Advisory Committee will not recommend grants in support of general
operating budgets. Grant funds may not be used to supplant existing
state or local general fund appropriations.
Recipients will be held
accountable for documenting how grant funds have been used through
the submission of a final financial and narrative report due upon
the completion of the projectís activities, but no later than July
1 of the year following the grant award.
Grant recipients must acknowledge
on project material that the project was paid for by funds generated
from the sale of Chesapeake Bay license plates.
additional information is needed
contact Martin Farber or Gwen Foley
Division of Legislative Services
TELEPHONE: (804) 786-3591
FAX: (804) 371-0169