Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Awarded to 21 Schools and Organizations across the State
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) awarded a total of $9,000 to 21 community groups and schools across the State to restore streamside habitats, create community gardens and educate citizens about the environment as part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.
“MET is pleased to provide financial assistance to schools and nonprofit groups to promote environmental education and projects that enhance and maintain the environment,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “Keep Maryland Beautiful is the oldest program administered by MET and is funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration and through private contributions.”
The Margaret Rosch Jones Award is given for ongoing projects or activities that have demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue, whether local or statewide. Named in memory of Margaret Jones, the former executive director of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program, this award recognizes organizations that actively educate their community about litter prevention, beautification and environmental issues, and that have been successful in eliminating or reducing the causes of a local environmental problem.
The 2014 recipients of the Margaret Rosch Jones Award are Western Maryland Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc., Friends of Tuckahoe & Martinak State Parks, Blue Water Baltimore, The Youghiogheny River Watershed Association, The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Seton Heritage Ministries, Severn Riverkeeper Program & Pines Community Improvement Association, St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, MA & PA Heritage Trail, Inc. and Reservoir Hill Improvement Council.
The Bill James Environmental Grants are awarded to nonprofit youth groups for the creation of new environmental education projects in their community. The grants are given in memory of Senator William S. James who drafted legislation in 1976 to create MET, incorporating the activities of the Governor’s Committee to the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.
The 2014 recipients of the Bill James Grants are the Newborn Holistic Ministries Jubilee Arts Program, Ward Museum of Wild Fowl Art, Berlin Intermediate School, Captain Avery Museum, Colonel Richardson High School Environmental Club, South River Federation, G.W. Carver Elementary School, Kennard Elementary School, The Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School and Civility Music, Roland Park Country School and National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future/Lakeland Elementary School.
For more information about the Keep Maryland Beautiful program, visit dnr.state.md.us/met/grant_programs.asp.