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Bay Restoration Fund Program FAQ and Application

Find out more and fill out a pre-application for the Bay Restoration Fund Program.


Where can I find out more information about the Best Available Technology (BAT) systems? Click here to view MDE's BAT system testing and BRF ranking.

How do I know if I’m eligible for the grant? Any property owner with a failing septic system may apply for the Bay Restoration Fund grant program. System failure will be determined by the appropriate state or local agency, dependent upon county.

Is there an income requirement? No, but the percentage of grant funding will vary based upon annual income. Funding levels are as follows:

  • 100% Funding: property owners earning less than $300,000 annually, non-profit entities
  • 75% Funding: Maryland Certified Small Business
  • 50% Funding: property owners earning more than $300,000 annually, for-profit entities

What does the grant cover? The BRF grant covers the cost of the BAT unit, the installation of the BAT unit, and two years of operation and maintenance. In cases where a public sewer connection is more feasible, the grant provides up to $25,000 towards the cost of the connection.

What doesn’t the grant cover? The BRF grant does not cover any permit fees, recordation fees, electrical upgrades, miscellaneous issues that arise (tree removal, landscaping, etc.), or any necessary repair/replacement of drainfields, seepage pits, sandmounds, etc.

When and how do I apply? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, regardless of availability of funding. To start the application process, please submit the application form found on our website.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here. Who can I reach out to for further information? You may reach out to Megan Lehew, Grants & Finance Administrator, by at

Fill out a pre-application here

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