Aquatic Resources Education Grant Program

Eligibility: Maryland schools and education centers
Deadline: Rolling, but please allow 4-6 weeks for approval before you start your project.

Maryland’s Aquatic Resources Education (ARE) Grants Program assists public and private schools (pre-K -12) and environmental education centers that are part of the public school system by providing funding for aquatic based projects.

Schools can apply for up to $2000.00 per school year for student driven projects that benefit Maryland’s aquatic resources.

Grant requests must have a connection to water and Maryland’s aquatic resources. Service learning and community involvement as well as student written grants are strongly encouraged.

This program encourages matching funds, partnerships, technical support from local resources, and volunteer time!

The ARE Grant Program does fund some teacher training, substitute time for project planning, and transportation costs. For planting projects all trees, shrubs, and plants must be native to Maryland.

The ARE Grants Program cannot fund: computer or video equipment, prizes, t-shirts, food, reimbursement for completed projects, or field trip/program admission fees.

Examples of Projects Funded through ARE Grants:

  • Trout in the Classroom Equipment
  • Rain Gardens
  • Stream Clean Ups
  • Wetland Projects
  • Storm Drain Stenciling
  • and more!

For more information and to apply visit

01/24/2013 - 01/30/2016
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