Patuxent River Appreciaton Day, Inc. (P.R.A.D, Inc.) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2012 grant round. Non-profit organizations that provide educational programs or conduct research activities about the importance of the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin are eligible to apply.  

The grant recipients for 2011 were the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum to assist in the annual Bernie Fowler Wade-In, Calvert Marine Museum for programming, Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society for on-going efforts and the Orphaned Wild Life Rescue Center.

Awards are made on a competitive basis by the P.R.A.D., Inc. Board of up to $1,000 per organization in any one calendar year. The P.R.A.D., Inc. Board includes members of the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Artist Guild, the Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, SMILE, and the Calvert County Waterman’s Association. 

To request an application for a P.R.A.D., Inc. grant, please call Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042, ext. 41 or email  You must provide the name of the non-profit organization, a contact person’s name, a complete mailing address and a daytime telephone number or email address. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 19, 2012. For more information, go to or to