The Forever Maryland Foundation, in partnership with the State of Maryland is now accepting applications for the annual Keep Maryland Beautiful grants program.
Four different grants are being offered to help volunteer and nonprofit groups, communities, and land trusts support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship, and solve natural resource issues in urban and rural areas.
The Keep Maryland Beautiful grants will be offered in two categories:
Environmental Education, Community Initiatives and Cleanup Grants (for community groups, local governments, and nonprofits)
Citizen Stewardship Grant – Up to $5,000 is awarded to schools, nonprofits, and other community organizations whose missions are centered upon directly engaging community members (especially children and young adults) in environmental education and stewardship. These grants also support organizations that demonstrate active engagement as defenders of the environment by developing innovative solutions to local environmental problems.
Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grant – Up to $5,000 is awarded to local governments, community groups, and nonprofit organizations to promote neighborhood beautification and cleanliness by increasing litter removal, greening activities, community education, and citizen stewardship.
Land Trust Capacity, Excellence and Stewardship Grants (for local land trusts)
Aileen Hughes Grant – Up to $5,000 is awarded to an individual representing a Maryland land trust for outstanding leadership, partnership, and innovation in a conservation project or organization development.
Janice Hollmann Grant – Up to $10,000 is awarded to land trusts to increase capacity, support programming and innovation, and foster stronger, better-connected land trusts that will protect natural resources and enhance the lives of citizens and generations to come.
Not sure which grant is right for you? View the Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant Decision Tree.
The deadline to apply for funding is Nov. 12, 2020. Awards will be announced in spring 2021.
Funding for the Keep Maryland Beautiful grants program is provided by the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland Environmental Trust, and the Forever Maryland Foundation.