Chesapeake Gateways Grants

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The National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways Program (NPS Chesapeake Gateways) offers competitive grant opportunities to advance the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 within the full 41-million-acre Chesapeake Bay watershed! The information below is intended to help potential grantees prepare and submit their proposal for grant funding through this effort.

2023-24 Grant Application Period Has Closed

Details Regarding Network Grants

Applicant Toolkit

Review Criteria

All proposals will be screened by NPS staff for relevance, accuracy, completeness, and compliance with the instructions included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Proposals will then be evaluated by a review committee representing technical experts with backgrounds in one or more of the strategic themes. Through these grants, NPS Chesapeake Gateways seeks to advance innovation in equity, inclusion, accessibility and engagement by Chesapeake Gateway partners and communities.


Merit review recommendations will be forwarded to the NPS Chesapeake Gateways Superintendent for review and consideration. The NPS Superintendent may also consider geographic distribution within the Chesapeake watershed, diversity of awardees, thematic distribution, and the amount of funds available to make final recommendations of the applications to be forwarded for funding. The final recommendations will be forwarded to the NPS Financial Assistance Selection Official for final selection.

Last updated: November 9, 2023