2022 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants total $320,000 – Natural Self Esteem

2022 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants total $320,000

Grants supports communities, projects and schools

Trees Not Trash, a community initiative funded by the Keep Maryland Beautiful Clean Up and Green Up Grant 2021, focuses on beautifying neighborhoods by planting street trees and removing trash in areas with sustainable community development while residents be made aware of the benefits of urban trees. Photo courtesy of Forever Maryland.

Forever Maryland is proud to announce this 85 Grants of $320,000 were recognized for environmental education, community cleanup and beautification projects by the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program.

These annual grants are funded by the Maryland Environmental Trust, Forever Maryland, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

“Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants help improve, sustain and improve communities across our state,” said Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources. “These local initiatives are also helping Maryland meet our goals for clean water and access to green space for all of our citizens.”

“DHCD is pleased to provide $250,000 to nonprofits, local governments and community groups,” said DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “These grants provide support for local projects and activities that directly impact waste cleanup, greening and beautification, and improving civic responsibility in communities across the state.”

“It is important to MDOT’s mission that we contribute to protecting the environment throughout Maryland,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports Jr. “This year’s package of 16 MDOT grants — including funds to purchase native shrubs, eradicate invasive species and educating students and tending a pollinator garden – builds on the department’s commitment to preserving our ecosystem. I look forward to seeing these projects flourish.”

Keep Maryland Beautiful recipients included schools, nonprofit groups, municipalities and land trusts in 20 counties and Baltimore City. Many of these grants focus on developing and supporting communities, families, youth, and students who take personal responsibility for the health of their communities, protect the nature in their backyards, and seek ways to reduce or solve environmental problems.

“We are thrilled with the success of the scholarship program,” said Forever Maryland Chairman Nick Dilks. “This program will continue to have a significant environmental, economic, health and recreation impact throughout Maryland through these new grant projects.”

The following awards were presented this year:

  • A Aileen Hughes Award totaling $5,000, presented to an individual representing a Maryland Land Trust for outstanding leadership, partnership and innovation in a conservation project. The scholarship is awarded to the Maryland Land Trust in recognition of the individual’s effort and good work. The grant is awarded annually in honor of the late Aileen Hughes, a true leader in the conservation movement.
  • 12 Citizenship Awards totaling $17,500 presented in honor from Bill Jameswho drafted the legislation establishing the Maryland Environmental Trust, and Margaret Rosch-Jones, former executive director of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. These grants are given to schools, nonprofits, and other community organizations whose missions are designed to directly involve community members in environmental education and stewardship. These grants also support organizations that are actively involved in defending the environment by developing innovative solutions to local environmental problems.
  • 61 Clean and green Maryland Awards totaling $250,000. This grant was established in 2017 to support community groups and nonprofits statewide with neighborhood beautification activities that include trash removal, greening activities, community education, and statewide civic stewardship.
  • 11 Janice Hollmann Scholarship Awards totaling $47,500 given to Maryland land trusts to increase capacity to support community programs and innovation and foster stronger, more connected land trusts. All grants require 100% Land Trust backing for contributions in kind and privately raised funds. The grant is awarded in memory of Janice Hollmann, who exemplified citizenship leadership for local Maryland land trusts.

Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants recipients in 2022 include:

Allegany County

Allegany County Board of County Commissioners

Historic Frostburg, a Main Street Community in Maryland, Inc.

Anne Arundel County
Annapolis Green Inc.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

ClearShark Charity Foundation – ClearShark H2O

Picturesque Rivers Land Trust Inc.

Baltimore city
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

Fells Point main street

Greater Baybrook Alliance

Gwynns Falls Community Association

Lafayette Square Community Development Corporation

Living Classrooms Foundation

Milton-Montford neighbors

Municipal Council of Mount Clare Inc.

Pigtown Main Street

Urban Farm Plantation Park Heights

Rebuilding the Johnston Square Neighborhood Org

Station North Arts District, a program of the Central Baltimore Partnership

Stillmeadow Fellowship

Superior Assisted Living LLC

The sixth branch

Baltimore County
Back River Foundation t/a Maryland Waterways Foundation

Boy Scouts of America/Troop 706

Dundalk Renaissance

Irvine Nature Center

NeighborSpace by Baltimore County Inc.

Northeast Townson Improvement Association

Reisterstown Improvement Association

Ridgely Manor Community Association

Sussex Community Association Inc.

County Calvert
Episcopal Church of All Saints

American Chestnut Land Trust Inc

Carroll County
Downtown Sykesville Connection Inc.

City of Manchester

Cecil County

The High 5 Initiative Inc.

Charles County
Beyond the Classroom Inc.

Charles County Government

Conservancy for Charles County Inc.

Dorchester County

Commissioners of East New Market

Frederick County
Brunswick main street

Catoctin Land Trust

Downtown Frederick Partnership

Friends of Historic Brunswick, Maryland

City of Emmitsburg

City of Middletown

Garrett County

Garrett County Government

City of Oakland

County Harford
Harford Land Trust Inc.

Havre de Grace Alliance

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway

Howard County

EC250 Inc.

Ellicott City Partnership

Patapsco Heritage Greenway Inc.

The Institute for Community Ecology

County of Kent
Galena Tree & Park Committee

County of Montgomery
Amula Foundation

Bethesda Green

Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming, Incorporated

Gaithersburg Parks, Arts and Leisure Society

Rock Creek Conservation Area

Takoma Langley Crossroads Development Authority Inc.

The Montgomery County Parks Foundation

Prince George’s County
Alice Ferguson Foundation

Cheverly Native Planting Project

City of Greenbelt – Department of Public Works

Defenses de la Cuenca

Keep Prince George’s County beautiful

Laurel Main Street Organization

City of Edmonston

University of Maryland

St. Mary’s County
Southern MD RC&D Board Inc.

Talbot County

Land protection on the east coast

Washington County
Antietam-Concocheague Watershed Alliance

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City of Smithsburg

City of Williamsport

Wicomico County

Youth Environmental Action Summit

Worcester County
Lower Shore Land Trust Inc

City of Berlin

More information about the scholarships is available on-line.

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