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Posted on: March 26, 2019



Date: March 26, 2019

Contact: Anjelica Eitel, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
               410-326-2042 ext. 17



SOLOMONS, MD – March 26, 2019 – Patuxent River Appreciation Day (PRAD), Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 grant cycle. Nonprofit organizations that provide educational programs about the Patuxent River or conduct research activities or enhancements in and around the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin are eligible to apply.  

Over the past 40+ years, PRAD, Inc. has given tens of thousands of dollars to dozens of environmental and nonprofit organizations that help to achieve positive stewardship of the Patuxent River and its history.  In 2018, two grants were awarded to local organizations.  The first, to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, supported a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution entitled H2O Today.  This exhibit will open on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  The second grantee, Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, used their award to fund a new children’s publication.  This year, PRAD, Inc. is delighted to offer local nonprofits grant opportunities of up to $1,000.  From scouts to schools, parks to museums, we want to help you make a difference!

Those interested in applying should contact Melissa McCormick, CMM Group Services and Visitor Coordinator, at to request an application.  The PRAD funding opportunity is a competitive grant process, with awards of up to $1,000.  Applications are scored by a review board with representatives from the Calvert Marine Museum, the Calvert Artists’ Guild, The American Legion Arick L. Lore Post, and the Calvert County Watermen’s Association.  The deadline for applications to be received (or postmarked if sent via USPS) is May 31, 2019.

Thank you to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners for continuing to support the annual PRAD festivities, which allows for funds to be available for educational and environmental grants.  For more information, visit



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