The Keep Maryland Beautiful (KMB) program was established in 1967 as the first program administered by the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET). This program is partially funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration and provides grants to nonprofit organizations and schools to support environmental education and demonstration projects that enhance and maintain the environment.  Certainly there are horse organizations in Maryland that might also qualify for this.

There are two categories: 

The Margaret Rosch Jones Award of up to $2,000 is awarded to nonprofit groups or communities for an ongoing project or activity that has demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue, whether local or statewide. This award recognizes those organizations that have been actively educating people in their community about litter prevention, community beautification, or eliminating or reducing the causes of a local environmental problem.

The Bill James Environmental Grant of up to $1,000 is awarded to school groups, science and ecology clubs, and other nonprofit youth groups for proposed environmental education projects.

The objectives of the grants are to:

  • Encourage a sense of stewardship and personal responsibility for the environment;
  • Stimulate a better understanding of environmental issues;
  • Aid in the elimination or reduction of a local environmental problem; and
  • Encourage education about growth management and protection of rural areas and sensitive resources while discouraging sprawl development.

To Apply: Please visit Maryland Environmental Trust for information. Completed applications should be submitted to by March 31, 2015.

For questions, please call 410-514-7900 or send an email to:

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is dedicated to assisting landowners and local land trust partners with permanently protecting scenic, cultural, and natural resources through its Land Trust Assistance, Easement and Stewardship Programs.