The Montgomery County Solid Waste District, a division of Montgomery County Environmental Services, is now accepting applications for the 2024 Beautification Grant. The grant is offered through Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB), a Keep America Beautiful affiliate.
KMCB Beautification Grants promote community involvement and pride. Grants are open to 501(c)3 agencies, previous Montgomery County Solid Waste District grant recipients, graffiti abatement initiatives, community garden projects, and many other community action groups.
KMCB offers up to $1,000 per project. Application criteria encourage the use of native and drought-tolerant plants, as well as increased community, volunteer and youth involvement. Further rating criteria are outlined in the grant application.
Montgomery County established the KMCB Beautification Grant in 2010 and has since provided nearly $245,000 in funding to 313 projects. In 2023, KMCB funded 22 projects. Examples of past projects include reinvigorating landscaping at a neighborhood entrance, adding trees in developed greenspace areas parks or communities, purchasing plants for community gardens and distributing to residents in need, and painting murals to improve areas with graffiti issues.
“So many neighborhoods rely on these grants to forward their initiatives to make Montgomery County a great place to live. For example, we see some applicants on an annual basis, ensuring that their great work can continue. We are proud to offer this funding,” said Commissioner Judy Dodge.
For more information or to complete a 2024 application, please contact KMCB Executive Director Chris Hoffman at 937-781-3064, [email protected], or visit www.mcswd.org. The application deadline is March 15, 2024.