Forever Maryland is proud to announce that 85 grants totaling $320,000 were awarded for environmental education, community clean-up and beautification projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.
These annual scholarships are funded by the Maryland Environmental Trust, maryland forever, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).
“Keep Maryland Beautiful grants help improve, support and strengthen communities across our state,” said Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. “These local initiatives also help Maryland achieve our goals of cleaner water and access to green space for all of our citizens.”
“DHCD is pleased to provide $250,000 to nonprofit organizations, local governments and community groups,” said DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “These grants provide support for local projects and activities that have a direct impact on eliminating waste, greening and beautifying, and improving citizen stewardship in communities across the state.”
“It is important to the mission of MDOT that we contribute to environmental stewardship throughout Maryland,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports Jr. and the maintenance of a pollinator garden – s build on the department’s commitment to preserving our ecosystem. I can’t wait to see these projects flourish.
Keep Maryland Beautiful grantees included schools, nonprofit groups, municipalities, and land trusts in 20 counties and the city of Baltimore. Many of these grants aim to develop and support communities, families, youth and students who take personal responsibility for the health of their communities, protect nature in their backyards and seek ways to help reduce or solve environmental problems.
“We are thrilled with the success we have seen through the grant program,” said Nick Dilks, president of Forever Maryland. “This program will continue to have a significant impact on the environment, economy, health, and recreation in Maryland through these new grant projects.”
The prizes awarded this year were:
- A Aileen Hughes prize totaling $5,000, given to an individual representing a Maryland land trust for outstanding leadership, partnership and innovation in a conservation project. The grant is given to the Maryland Land Trust in recognition of the effort and good work of the individual. The grant is awarded annually in honor of the late Aileen Hughes, a true leader in the conservation movement.
- 12 Citizen stewardship prize totaling $17,500, given in honor of Bill Jameswho wrote the legislation that founded the Maryland Environmental Trust, and Margaret Rosch-Jones, former executive director of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. These grants are awarded to schools, nonprofits, and other community organizations whose missions center on the direct engagement of community members in environmental education and stewardship. These grants also support organizations that demonstrate active engagement as environmental advocates by developing innovative solutions to local environmental issues.
- 61 Clean and Green Maryland prize totaling $250,000. This grant was created in 2017 to assist community groups and nonprofits statewide with neighborhood beautification activities that include litter disposal, greening activities, community education and citizen stewardship across the state.
- 11 Janice HollmannGrant awards totaling $47,500, given to Maryland land trusts to build capacity, support community programming and innovation, and foster stronger, better-connected land trusts. All grants require 100% matching from the land trust of in-kind services and privately raised funds. The grant is awarded in memory of Janice Hollmann, who exemplified citizen leadership of local land trusts in Maryland.
- Allegany County Board of County Commissioners
- Historic Frostburg, a Community of Maryland Main Street, Inc.
Anne Arundel County
- Annapolis Green Inc.
- Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park
- ClearShark Charitable Foundation – ClearShark H2O
- Scenic Rivers Land Trust Inc.
- 3200 Carlisle Block Association Inc.
- Audrey Carter DBA Youth Ventures
- Baltimore Green Space – A Land Trust for Community Managed Open Space Inc.
- Baltimore Sister Cities Inc.
- Cathedral of the Incarnation
- Ednor Gardens Lakeside Civic Association
- Fell’s Point Main Street
- Greater Baybrook Alliance
- Gwynns Falls Community Association
- Lafayette Square Community Development Corporation
- Living Classrooms Foundation
- Milton – Neighbors of Montford
- Community Council of Mount Clare Inc.
- Pigtown Main Street
- Urban Farm Plantation Park Heights
- Rebuilding the neighborhood organization of Johnston Square
- Station North Arts District, a program of the Central Baltimore Partnership
- Stillmeadow Community Scholarship
- Superior Assisted Living LLC
- The sixth branch
- Back River Foundation as Maryland Waterways Foundation
- Boy Scouts of America / Troop 706
- Dundalk Revival
- Irvine Nature Center
- Baltimore County Neighbor Space Inc.
- Northeast Towson Improvement Association
- Reisterstown Improvement Association
- Ridgely Manor Community Association
- Sussex Community Association Inc.
- Episcopal Church of All Saints
- American Chestnut Land Trust Inc.
- Downtown Sykesville Connection Inc.
- City of Manchester
- The High 5 Initiative Inc.
- Beyond the Classroom Inc.
- Charles County Government
- Conservation for Charles County Inc.
- East New Market Commissioners
- Braunschweig main street
- Catoctin Land Trust
- Downtown Frederick Partnership
- Friends of Historic Brunswick, Maryland
- City of Emmitsburg
- Town of Middletown
- Garrett County Government
- City of Oakland
- Harford Land Trust Inc.
- Haven of Grace Alliance
- Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway
- EC250 inc.
- Town of Ellicott Partnership
- Patapsco Heritage Greenway Inc.
- The Institute of Community Ecology
- Galena Tree and Park Committee
- Amula Foundation
- Bethesda Green
- Charles Koiner Center for Urban Agriculture, Incorporated
- Gaithersburg Parks, Arts and Recreation Society
- Rock Creek Conservatory
- Takoma Langley Crossroads Development Authority Inc.
- The Montgomery County Parks Foundation
Prince George’s County
- Alice Ferguson Foundation
- Cheverly Native Plantation Project
- City of Greenbelt – Department of Public Works
- Cuenca Defenders
- Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful
- Laurel Main Street Organization
- City of Edmonton
- University of Maryland
St. Mary’s County
- Southern MD RC&D Board Inc.
- East Coast Land Conservation
- Antietam-Concocheague Watershed Alliance
- Ladders to Leaders
- Town of Smithsburg
- City of Williamsport
- Youth Summit on Environmental Action
- Basse-Côte Land Trust Inc
- City of Berlin
More information on grants is available in line.