The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is accepting grant applications for the Keep Maryland Beautiful program from voluntary non-profit groups or communities for solutions to environmental problems. The grants are part of the Trust’s Keep Maryland Beautiful activities, which are funded by the State Highway Administration, a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation.
The Margaret Rosch Jones Award is awarded to an ongoing project that has already demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue, whether local or statewide.
The Bill James Environmental Grants are awarded to nonprofit youth groups for new environmental education projects in their community.
The Jones award is given in memory of Margaret Jones, the executive director and moving spirit of the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program for many years. The Trust looks forward to honoring Ms Jones qualities of devotion, energy and ingenuity with a group working today to re-build and enhance their community environment.
The Bill 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.
To be considered, a project must have:
* Demonstrated leadership and volunteer participation
* Potential benefit to the environment and community
* A feasible plan, including goals, success criteria and time line for completion
Application forms with guidance may be obtained at www.dnr.state.md.us/met or from Beki Howey (410-514-7915). Deadline for applications is March 31, 2009.