Chesapeake Gateways Grants FAQs

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Through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (Chesapeake Gateways), the Chesapeake Office of the National Park Service (NPS Chesapeake Gateways) administers a competitive grant opportunity to advance the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 within the full 41-million-acre Chesapeake Bay watershed.

NPS Chesapeake Gateways is advancing a bold new strategy to strengthen Chesapeake Gateways; gather and share the full diversity of Chesapeake stories; expand land conservation; provide equitable access to recreation, history, and nature; support local and working economies at a community level; and engage an inclusive and deep Chesapeake stewardship and resiliency movement benefitting all.

Some general questions are answered below. For more specific questions, click on the appropriate category on the right hand side of this page.


Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network (Chesapeake Gateways) is a system of places providing opportunities to enjoy, learn about and help conserve the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Included in the Network are diverse natural, cultural, historical and recreational sites, trails, museums, parks, refuges, interpretive and orientation facilities and associated programmatic partners. These places and the Network as a whole, serve as entry points and the key guide for experiencing the Chesapeake watershed.

Chesapeake Gateways is coordinated by theNational Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office (NPS Chesapeake Gateways).

The Chesapeake Bay Initiative is Title V of the Migratory Bird Reform Act of 1998. Read the text of Secton V by clicking this link.

Notification of awards is expected in early Summer 2024.

NPS uses ASAP (Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) ( to disburse payments. Disbursements tend to be made within a week turnaround time. Any exceptions regarding advance payments to contracts will be confirmed in the award letter.

Last updated: September 1, 2023