Superintendent’s Memo #231-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 26, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee Announces Financial Support Grants for Specific Chesapeake Bay Projects

The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee is accepting grant applications to conduct Chesapeake Bay-related education and restoration activities. The grants are funded with monies from the sale of the special Chesapeake Bay license plate “Friend of the Chesapeake.” This year $307,971 in grant monies will be awarded to eligible applicants.

Applications will be accepted from private not-for-profit conservation organizations, schools and universities, and governmental agencies whose projects will affect water bodies that are located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. There is no limit on the amount that an applicant may request. Applicants should submit proposals emphasizing environmental education or restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay. Projects focusing on environmental education should increase public awareness and knowledge about the Bay, and projects of a restoration and conservation nature should be action oriented.

The deadline for submitting a proposal for a 2012 support grant is October 1, 2011. Grant funds will be awarded in May/June 2012.  Grants are awarded for one year, except in special circumstances. Grant funds may not be used to supplant existing state or local general fund appropriations.

More information on the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Support Grants, including the application, grant guidelines, and a catalogue of past projects can be found at http://dls.virginia.gov/cbrfac.htm. You can also obtain information, applications, and guidelines by contacting the Division of Legislative Services, General Assembly Building, 910 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by telephone at (804) 786-3591.

PIW/BY/rt