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February 1, 2013

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Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Available for Schools and Environmental Groups

by Martha

Application Deadline March 31

Students from the Greenmount School harvesting seeds from sunflower plants to use for birdseed.  These plants grew in garden beds that were funded by Keep Maryland Beautiful grants.

Students from the Greenmount School harvesting seeds from sunflower plants to use for birdseed. These plants grew in garden beds that were funded by Keep Maryland Beautiful grants.

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is now accepting applications for grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program to help volunteer-based, nonprofit groups and communities develop environmental education projects and solve natural resource issues.

MET is offering two types of grants, given annually, through the program:

The Margaret Rosch Jones Award of up to $2,000 is awarded to nonprofit groups or communities for an ongoing project or activity that has demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue. This award recognizes those organizations that have been actively educating people in their community about litter prevention, community beautification, or eliminating or reducing the causes of a local environmental problem. It is given in memory of Margaret Jones, the first executive director of the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program.

The Bill James Environmental Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to school groups, science and ecology clubs, and other nonprofit youth groups for proposed environmental education projects. The grants are given in memory of William S. James, who drafted legislation to create MET, incorporating the activities of the Governor’s Committee to Keep Maryland Beautiful.

The objectives of the grants are to: encourage a sense of stewardship and personal responsibility for the environment; stimulate a better understanding of environmental issues; help reduce or eliminate a local environmental problem; and encourage education about growth management and protection of rural areas and sensitive resources while discouraging sprawl development.

For an application or more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov/met/grant_programs.asp. Completed applications must be received by March 31, 2013.

The Maryland State Highway Administration provides partial funding annually for these grants and awards. The Maryland General Assembly established the Maryland Environmental Trust in 1967, and Keep Maryland Beautiful was created later that same year as MET’s first program. MET promotes the protection of open land through its Land Conservation Program, Stewardship Program and Local Land Trust Assistance Program. Awarded annually the grants are The Maryland State Highway Administration provides partial funding for these grants and awards.

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    1. Linda Cooper
      Feb 6 2013

      Useful information, especially when establishing integrated goals between a church community and environmental needs. We sponsor several Scout troops, and have a 274 member Early Education Center that is willing to devote some time to environmental matters within the skill level of young children to develop and maintain. Grants would be needed to help meet costs of establishing and maintaining suitable projects, and this seems like an avenue of resources. Scouts also have a major interest in environmental improvement, and would encompass ages all the way through 18. The church youth groups have also expressed some interest in participating.

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