ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Stream Restoration Challenge says it has $6 million in grant money available for organizations seeking to improve the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland state officials say they are accepting applications from local governments, school systems and non-governmental organizations. The grants are for projects to improve water quality, promote environmental literacy and create service learning opportunities for students.

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The challenge seeks to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015. Proposals are chosen based on how effective, efficient and economical they will be, as well as their level of student involvement.

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The application deadline is May 30. The grants are funded through the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. The Arbor Day Foundation is helping to provide tree seedlings for restoration projects.

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