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Chesapeake Gateways Network Grants Application

2023-24 Grant Cycle Now Open

We’re pleased to announce that the grant application cycle for the second round of Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network grants has opened!

Join National Park Service Chesapeake for an orientation to this year’s thematic focus and a walkthrough of the application process. Learn what is required and recommended in this year’s cycle. You’ll also have the opportunity to submit questions to the presenter.

What is the application deadline? 

The application period will be open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, November 3, 2023.

What projects will this fund?  

Projects must be located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and clearly identify a connection to one or both of the following strategic themes:

  • Advancing a Major Inclusive Interpretive Initiative with an Equity Lens, and
  • Promoting Resilient Communities & Landscapes Through Tourism, Sustainability, Conservation, & Local Economies.

How much estimated funding is available? approximately $1,000,000

What is the expected award amount? An estimated range of $25,000 to $150,000

Who is eligible to apply?

00 – State governments

01 – County governments

02 – City or township governments

04 – Special district governments

05 – Independent school districts

06 – Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

07 – Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

08 – Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities

11 – Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

12 – Nonprofits having a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

13 – Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

20 – Private institutions of higher education

22 – For profit organization other than small businesses

23 – Small businesses

Who is presenting?  

Eddie Gonzalez, NPS Chesapeake Gateways, Director of Partnerships and Grants 

How do I apply? 

Find more details via the National Park Service or review the online application.

If you have any questions, please email