Grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful (KMB) program help nonprofit groups, communities, and land trusts in Maryland to advance environmental projects that promote community wellbeing and protect natural resources in urban and rural areas. These grants build the capacity of land trusts and support other community-based organizations that are increasing civic engagement and the adoption of stewardship practices and developing solutions to local environmental problems.
Proposed projects activate residents and encourage stewardship through education, outreach, and planting activities while increasing awareness of and working towards addressing local environmental problems.
The Trust strongly encourages applications directly from underrepresented groups, and for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented, such as communities of color.
KMB Grants - Eligible Project Types:
For details on each of the above tracks, and for project examples, see https://cbtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/FY24_KMB_RFP_FINAL.pdf#page=3. For additional project examples for Track 2 above, see Appendix C on https://cbtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/FY24_KMB_RFP_FINAL.pdf#page=11.
For further information on Community Stewardship grants: https://dnr.maryland.gov/met/Pages/Grant-EE-CI-CU.aspx
For further information on Capacity Building for Land Trusts: grants: https://dnr.maryland.gov/met/Pages/GrantLandTrust.aspx
For further information on Tree Planting grants, see Supporting Documents ("MDA Grant Program information") below.
Aileen Hughes Award:
The Aileen Hughes Award is awarded to an individual representing a Maryland land trust for outstanding leadership, partnership, and innovation in a conservation project or organization development.
The purpose of the award is to acknowledge leaders in Maryland land trust community and to encourage a high level of excellence, innovation and collaboration.