Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant Review


The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration.  Since its inception the Trust has awarded $70 million in grants and engaged numerous citizen stewards in projects that have had a measurable impact on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Trust receives approximately $5 million in contributions annually and reinvests those dollars through a variety of grant programs in community-led projects.  

The Trust asked Mark Burchick of ESA, Inc. to participate in their 2016 Outreach and Restoration Grant Program, by being on the CBT review board.  Along with others, Mr. Burchick helped to prioritize, rank, and score numerous applications to the grant program.  It was the board’s desire to include judges who have a technical background in applied ecology, specializing in ecological restoration, thereby better understanding the merits of the applications and if their goals and objectives could be realized through the proposed restoration designs.

It was an honor for Mark to participate in the board of review, and his contributions were well received.