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Grants and Awards

Maryland Environmental Trust makes grants available to land trusts and community environmental organizations within Maryland.

  • Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants - funded in part by State Highway Administration, Department of Housing and Community Development, and Maryland Environmental Trust. The Margaret Rosch Jones Grants and the Bill James Environmental Grants are awarded to volunteer or non-profit groups who do environmental education projects. New this year, the Clean Up & Green Up Grant, specifically focuses on urban communities and/or watersheds within urbanized areas with an emphasis on litter removal, engaging people in neighborhood revitalization, and community greening initiatives.

Applications for 2017 are open until March 31, 2017.
Click here to download the fillable application in pdf format.

For additional information contact Wendy Stringfellow at or

Please only apply for one grant, the grant you feel most meets your purpose.

  • Janice Hollmann Grants 

    Maryland Environmental Trust and the State Highway Administration annually award grants to local land trusts throughout Maryland. Janice Hollmann Grants are intended to increase land trust capacity, support programing and innovation and foster stronger, better connected land trusts that will protect all natural resources and enhance the lives of Maryland citizens and generations to come. Grants will be available on a competitive basis for eligible Maryland land trusts during each annual cycle. Click here for the application, grant guidelines or for more information.

  • The Aileen Hughes Award for Outstanding Leadership in Land Conservation-The Maryland Environmental Trust presents the Aileen Hughes Award annually to honor the late Aileen Hughes, a true leader in the conservation movement. Aileen was a supporter of women's and civil rights, as well as the protection of our State's natural and cultural resources. Aileen was the President for many years of the American Chestnut Land Trust. The Aileen Hughes Award is given to an individual representing a Maryland land trust for leadership, partnership and innovation in a conservation project.

Deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.
The Application for the 2017 Aileen Hughes Award
For more information, please contact Michelle Grafton at or 410-514-7915.

  • Dillon Award for Landowner Conservation
  • Alverta and Louise Dillon imgThe Dillon Award is given annually by the Maryland Environmental Trust to a landowner for outstanding conservation. This award is in honor of the spirit and legacy of the Dillon sisters of Garrett County.

    Alverta and Louise Dillon, sisters and retired school teachers, donated a conservation easement and then bequeathed their entire Garrett County property to The Maryland Environmental Trust in 1984. Features of prominence and pride cited by Alverta and Louise are a pond for waterfowl, a substantial home built in 1928, a smokehouse, a barn, and a circa 1800 springhouse. The property is included in the Maryland Historical Trust's Historic Sites Survey.

    Alverta and Louise were dedicated naturalists and enthusiastic about conservation and enhancement of the many resources found on their land. Their generous bequest is maintained as an endowment to support the activities and mission of The Maryland Environmental Trust, in accordance with the wishes of the Dillon family.