Maryland Environmental Application Guidelines

Our mission is to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by increasing land and water protection and restoration, expanding the capacity of other organizations to do this work, engaging citizens in this work, and transforming systems that impede progress.


We support organizations serving the state of Maryland, with local work funded in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and the six counties of the mid and upper Eastern Shore. 

Our work in Maryland has three goals:

  • improving water quality

  • conserving land

  • strengthening citizen advocacy


Goal One: Improve water quality by reducing pollution. 

To meet this goal, we support:

  • Efforts to improve enforcement of clean water laws and increase voluntary reduction of pollution
  • Protection, conservation, and restoration of the region’s streams and rivers


Goal Two: Conserve land by reducing and preventing pollution, by encouraging less polluting farming practices, by protecting and restoring environmentally sensitive land, and by encouraging redevelopment of urban areas. 

To meet this goal, we support:

  • Efforts to protect, conserve, and restore lands that affect water quality
  • Efforts to increase adoption of sustainable farming methods
  • Efforts to prevent or reduce the impact of environmentally damaging projects
  • Initiatives to improve the quality of life in urban, rural, and suburban areas through environmental restoration/engagement


Goal Three: Strengthen citizen advocacy by engaging people in watershed-level work and issues that impact water quality.

To meet this goal, we support:

  • Education and engagement of citizens in Chesapeake Bay advocacy and related environmental issues
  • Initiatives to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations working on the environment 



As a general rule, the foundation does not make grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Capital Projects
  • Emergency Funding


Application Procedures

Step One: Letter of Inquiry

Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. They should be no more than three pages in length and should include the following information:

  • Project name
  • Name of a primary contact person with address, phone number and e-mail
  • A statement of the need for the project
  • A brief description of the project's goals and design, a timeframe for completion and other partners, if applicable
  • A brief description of the organization including mission, budget size, and sources of income, other programs and clients served

Please send letters of inquiry to: 

Cathy Brill

Maryland Program Consultant

All requests for funding are carefully reviewed to determine if they fall within the Foundation's areas of interest and program guidelines. If the project qualifies for consideration, Foundation program staff will request additional information, a site visit, or full proposal.

Step Two: Proposal

If a full proposal is requested, applicants may follow the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers proposal format:  If you have a proposal in another similar format which includes all standard proposal parts, there is no need to re-do it; we will review proposals in a variety of formats.

Each proposal must include the following accompanying materials:

  • A project budget with amount requested from the Rauch Foundation and other planned sources of revenue.  
  • Organizational budget, including expenses and all sources of public and private revenues.
  • A list of the organization’s top five funders, with amounts.
  • Background information about the applicant organization and the qualifications of the project's key personnel.  
  • A copy of the organization's tax exemption letter from the IRS.
  • A copy of the organization's most recent audited financial statements.
  • A list of the organization's board members and their professional affiliations.
  • A copy of the organization's most recent annual report and any other relevant communications materials, if available. 

The Foundation board meets twice a year, in spring and fall.

Funding Decisions

The Foundation will send written notice of all funding decisions. The Foundation is able to fund only a small portion of requests that are submitted. Many excellent projects do not receive funding because they fall outside of the Foundation's guidelines or as a result of a highly competitive process. A denial of funding is not necessarily a reflection of the merits of a project, the quality of the proposal, or the importance of an applicant organization.