The Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded 85 grants totaling $110,262 to community groups for projects to restore the bay and educate students about the bay's importance.
The grants will be used for projects ranging from shoreline erosion control to the creation of oyster reefs.
Recipients included schools in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City, Anne Arundel Rotary clubs, the Magothy River Association and the Baltimore County Recycling Partnership.
The grants are designed to help community groups improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, said Thomas L. Burden, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
"Our educational grants are designed to get students outdoors where they can gain an appreciation of the bay and its tributaries and where they can begin to take an active role in restoration activities," he said.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust awards approximately 200 grants a year and is funded through the sale of commemorative license plates, corporate donations and state tax checkoffs.