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Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant Program

The Maryland Environmental Trust in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development presents five Keep Maryland Beautiful grants. Grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program help volunteer-based, nonprofit groups, communities and land trusts in Maryland to support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship and to protect natural resources in urban and rural areas.

Combined, this partnership has provided more than a million dollars over the past three decades to nonprofits, schools, land trusts and volunteer-based programs that work to protect natural resources while enhancing the lives of Maryland citizens and generations to come.

Applications for Fall 2018

Applications for the 2018 fall grant cycle will be accepted online from October 1, 2018 through November 15, 2018. Be sure to check the website in late September 2018 for the new application. This year, over $200,000 will be awarded through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program in the spring of 2019. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and contingent upon receipt of state funds.

  • Environmental Education, Community Initiatives and Cleanup Grants
    These grants are available to nonprofits, schools and municipalities. For more information on these grants or to apply, click here.

  • Land Trust Capacity, Excellence and Stewardship Grants
    These grants are available to Maryland local land trusts. For more information on these grants or to apply, click here.

  • For a brief summary of all five Keep Maryland Beautiful grants available, click here.

Important Dates and Details

  • Applications must be submitted online by November 15, 2018.
  • Applicants may only apply for one of the five grants.
  • Funds are to be used from March 30, 2019 to February 28, 2020.
  • Award winners will be announced on Keep Maryland Beautiful Day on March 20, 2019.
  • Grant money will be received by April 15, 2019, either through direct deposit or by check.
  • Grant Receipt Forms must be signed and returned within one month of receiving grant money.
  • Final grant reports are due within two months of the culmination of the project or by February 28, 2020.
  • Keep Maryland Beautiful Applications Frequently Asked Questions.

For additional information send emails to Be sure to put the name of your organization in the subject line.

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