Environmental Education, Community Initiatives and Cleanup Grants

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Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant Program

Environmental Education, Community Initiatives and Cleanup Grants

Environmental Education, Community Initiatives and Cleanup Grants are available to nonprofits, schools and municipalities who do environmental educations projects, community engagement and neighborhood greening initiatives and include:

  • Bill James Environmental Grant of up to $1,000 These grants are awarded to school groups, science and ecology clubs, and other nonprofit youth groups for proposed environmental education projects.

  • Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grant of up to $5,000 These grants are awarded to help community groups and nonprofit organizations statewide with neighborhood beautification activities that include litter removal, greening activities, community education, and citizen stewardship statewide.

  • Margaret Rosch Jones Grant of up to $2,000 These grants are awarded to nonprofit groups or communities for an ongoing project or activity that has demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue.

Required Application Materials

The application templates for the Bill James Environmental Grants, Clean Up & Green Up Maryland, and Margaret Rosch Jones grants are provided below. We encourage applicants to take a look at the template and complete it prior to beginning the online application process, as the online application must be completed in one session. Applications for Keep Maryland Beautiful grants will only be accepted through the online system.

Guidance to Applicants

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Portrait of Bill JamesBill James Environmental Grants

Are given in memory of William S. James who drafted legislation to create the Maryland Environmental Trust, incorporating the activities of the Governor's Committee to Keep Maryland Beautiful.

Born in Aberdeen, MD, in 1914, James studied law at the University of Maryland and practiced in Bel Air for 38 years.

As President of the Maryland Senate, Bill James was the principal architect of many of Maryland's most important environmental laws, including the tidal wetlands law, Program Open Space, and agricultural land preservation.

James was a man of vision who will not be forgotten for his contributions to the betterment of Maryland's environment.

The Bill James Environmental Grants of up to $1,000 are for proposed environmental education projects by school groups, science and ecology clubs, and other nonprofit youth groups.

The objectives of the grants are:

  1. To encourage a sense of stewardship and personal responsibility for the environment.
  2. To stimulate a better understanding of environmental issues and to aid in the elimination or reduction of a local environmental problem.
  3. To encourage education about growth management - protection of rural areas and sensitive resources and discouragement of sprawling development patterns.

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Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grant

The Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grant was established to help community groups and nonprofit organizations statewide with neighborhood beautification activities that include litter removal, greening activities, community education, and citizen stewardship statewide.

Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to local groups and nonprofit organizations to develop community-based leadership and volunteer-based activities to eliminate litter and implement beautification and greening initiatives.

The objectives of the grants are:

  1. To support the projects of community groups and nonprofit organizations that are actively engaged in improving the overall appearance of commercial districts and residential areas where people are living, working and visiting.
  2. To support beautification projects that have litter removal and prevention strategies as a primary focus of improving the community and/or neighborhood.
  3. To support community cleaning and greening activities that include but are not limited to creating and maintaining green space in downtown districts, establishing clean up teams and regular clean up events and beautification projects that improve the appearance of underutilized or vacant buildings.

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Portrait of Margaret Rosch JonesMargaret Rosch Jones Grant

Established in 1976 and is given in her memory. She was the executive director and moving spirit of the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program for many years.

The Trust hopes to remind citizens of her devotion, energy, and ingenuity by presenting an award in her name to a group whose voluntary activities personified these attributes that Margaret Jones brought to her work.

Born in 1906, Margaret Jones was dedicated to the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.

One of her “pet projects” was a statewide contest with prizes for winners of gasoline station inspections. Margaret Jones had a genius IQ, wrote poetry in her spare time and was a self-taught Latin scholar.

The Margaret Rosch Jones Grant of up to $2,000 is for nonprofit groups or communities that show continuing plans for a project that has already demonstrated a basic understanding and resolution of an environmental issue.

Applicants for the Margaret Rosch Jones Grant must also meet one or both of the following criteria:

  1. Groups that have been active in educating people in their community about at least one of these concerns: litter prevention, community beautification, and local or statewide environmental issue(s).
  2. Groups that have been successful in eliminating or reducing the causes of a local environmental problem rather than addressing the symptoms.

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