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Maryland Environmental Trust Now Accepting Grant Applications

Keep Maryland Beautiful program benefits nonprofits, communities

Annapolis, MD (March 4, 2010) — The Maryland Environmental Trust is accepting grant applications for the Keep Maryland Beautiful program from voluntary nonprofit 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 given to an ongoing project that has already demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue, whether local or statewide. The award was created 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 rebuild and enhance their community environment.

The Bill James Environmental Grants are awarded to nonprofit youth groups for new environmental education projects in their community. These 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 Deadline for applications is March 31, 2010.

       March 4, 2010

    Contact: Josh Davidsburg
    410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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