Keep Maryland Beautiful: Clean Up & Green Up Grant

Maryland Environmental Trust

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 14, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: Maryland

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The Maryland Environmental Trust in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Forever Maryland Foundation presents four 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.

Clean Up Green Up Maryland Grant

With funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grant is a new funding program to develop community-based leadership and volunteer-based activities to eliminate litter and implement beautification and greening initiatives.


To encourage community groups and nonprofit organizations statewide to promote neighborhood cleanliness and beautification by increasing litter removal, greening activities, community education, and citizen stewardship.


  • To support the projects of community groups and nonprofit organizations that are actively engaged in improving the overall appearance of commercial districts and residential areas where people are living, working and visiting.
  • To support beautification projects that have litter removal and prevention strategies as a primary focus of improving the community and/or neighborhood.
  • To support community cleaning and greening activities that include but are not limited to creating and maintaining green space in downtown districts, establishing clean up teams and regular clean up events and beautification projects that improve the appearance of underutilized or vacant buildings.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grant of up to $5,000 are awarded to local groups and nonprofit organizations working to remove litter and engage residents and young people in neighborhood cleaning and greening initiatives. 


  • Priority will be given to projects that target cleaning and beautification initiatives in existing communities and/or neighborhoods located within (in this order):
    1. DHCD’s designated Sustainable Community Areas,
    2. Maryland’s designated Priority Funding Areas, and
    3. other areas that are identified as hotspots for negative behaviors such as littering and illegal dumping.


  • Restrictions: Not for acquisition or development.