The Chesapeake Bay Funders Network does not accept unsolicited proposals requesting support. Nor does our staff recommend specific organizations or projects to our funder members. Decisions for collaboratively funding CBFN initiatives are handled by the individual member foundations, based upon their grantmaking criteria.

As an affinity group for grantmakers, we invite you to view our Membership Page and link to our members’ websites to learn more about their grantmaking process. Accordingly we are pleased to provide a listing of upcoming RFPs from our members.

Member RFP's

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

2011 Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program:  The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has issued a Request for Proposals for their 2011 Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program.  Proposals must be submitted using NFWF's online application system by June 3, 2011.  NFWF will host a webinar on Friday, April 29 for potential applications. To learn more, and to register for the webinar, visit

Proposals Due:  June 3, 2011


Chesapeake Bay Trust

Mini Grant Program:  The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program awards up to $5,000 to support activities at schools and non-profit organizations that help promote awareness of and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. The Mini Grant Program is supported by a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (NOAA BWET).

** NEW STRUCTURE IN FY2012!  In order to maximize the effectiveness of the Mini Grant Program and offer funding opportunities for fall, spring, and summer projects, the program will be restructured for Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012).  Requests forEnvironmental Education projects will no longer be accepted on a rolling basis, but will now be accepted through a three deadline system - those deadlines will be June 10, 2011; August 12, 2011; and January 13, 2012.  Requests for Community Engagement and Restoration projects by organizations will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.  Projects starting after July 1, 2011 are eligible for application at any time.  To learn more, visit the Trust's Mini Grant Program page.

Other Resources

In addition, the following is a list of resources aimed at helping NGOs navigate the philanthropic sector:

  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. It fulfills this mission through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy.
  • The Foundation Center is a leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. It maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. and global grantmakers and their grants, and operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a top news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
  • Research – The database is searchable across 14 data elements to target and tailor foundation and grant research and Jankowski Research tracks, profiles, and reports on the billions in grants paid annually by the nation’s new foundations.
  • The Grantsmanship Center provides a variety of resources, including trainings and publications, for nonprofits organizations and government agencies seeking grants.
  • GuideStar gathers and publicizes broad-based information about nonprofit organizations, promoting transparency.

There are many regional associations for grantmakers throughout the Chesapeake Bay region that also offer resources for nonprofits or grantseekers, such as common grant applications, membership directories, workshops and trainings, online newsletters, and links to other resources that may not be listed above.