IPC has successfully partnered with several congregations to secure grant funding for stormwater projects.

Sherwood Episcopal Church, Violetville United Methodist ChurchEmpowering Believers Church, and Nepali American Cultural Center have collectively been awarded a substantial sum of approximately $1.9 million in grants from both the Department of Natural Resources and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for critical projects in infrastructure enhancement, quality of life improvement, and stormwater management.

Sherwood Episcopal Church has recently secured an impressive grant totaling $1.7 million from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to support its groundbreaking Clean Water Project. This project will encompass the implementation of a Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance system, the planting of over 100 trees, the establishment of riparian and wetland habitats, as well as the inclusion of educational elements.

Violetville United Methodist Church has successfully obtained a significant grant amounting to $63,856 from the Maryland DNR. This financial support will be designated for the development of pioneering green infrastructure initiatives on the church grounds. These initiatives aim to combat stormwater flooding and enhance climate resilience in the Southwest Baltimore area.

Empowering Believers Church, a prominent congregation known for its strong dedication to environmental stewardship and community involvement, has received a substantial grant of $99,415 from the Maryland DNR. This grant is earmarked for the development and execution of progressive green infrastructure initiatives on the church premises. These initiatives are specifically designed to address stormwater flooding by removing impermeable surfaces.

The Nepali American Cultural Center of Baltimore, in partnership with the Hindu Buddha Temple, has received a generous grant of $44,662 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This grant underscores their shared dedication to environmental preservation and fostering community cohesion. The substantial funding will be directed towards a forward-looking initiative aimed at revitalizing and enriching the green infrastructure of the Nepali American Cultural Center.

IPC and these congregations are eagerly anticipating the commencement of these projects, demonstrating their strong commitment to fostering a healthier watershed.

We are still in search of other congregations that are interested in working with us through the Community-Based Organization Capacity-Building Initiative to apply for funding under these various programs:

  • Outreach and Restoration Grant Program (Chesapeake Bay Trust)
  • Watershed Assistance Grant Program (Chesapeake Bay Trust)
  • Resiliency through Restoration Initiative (MD Department of Natural Resources)
  • Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (Chesapeake Bay Trust)
  • Small Watershed Grants (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)

If you are unsure which of these grants your congregation would be eligible for, IPC can provide access to a grant writer and a technical firm to conduct a site visit and provide recommendations. To learn more, contact your IPC regional outreach coordinator:

Bonnie Sorak
Director of Outreach
(Baltimore City; Baltimore, Howard, Harford, and Anne Arundel Counties)

Mike Hudson
Outreach Coordinator
(Lancaster County, PA)

Mollie Rudow
Outreach Coordinator (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, and Talbot Counties)
Sarah Redden
Outreach Coordinator
(Prince George's, Frederick, and Montgomery Counties; DMV)