Com­mu­nity foun­da­tion ac­cept­ing pro­pos­als for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion grants

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The Chaney Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Fund is mak­ing grants avail­able to non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to en­cour­age beau­ti­ful, sus­tain­able land­scapes in South­ern Mary­land and Vir­ginia. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded an­nu­ally to non-profit groups, specif­i­cally 501(c) (3) or­ga­ni­za­tions, pub­lic or pri­vate ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, or gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects must be lo­cated in coun­ties where Chaney En­ter­prises has a pres­ence.

In Mary­land, projects in the coun­ties of Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Caro­line, Charles, south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s, and St. Mary’s are el­i­gi­ble for grants. Guide­lines for the Chaney Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Fund Grants are avail­able on the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land’s web­site at www.cf­somd.org/grants. Ap­pli­cants are en­cour­aged to sub­mit projects that in­cor­po­rate “green” gar­den­ing prac­tices, such as wa­ter con­ser­va­tion mea­sures, or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers, and na­tive plant species.

Schools may use grants to in­cor­po­rate beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects into the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

Grant pro­pos­als must be sub­mit­ted via email only by 5 p.m., June 17. Grant awards will be up to $1,000 and will be an­nounced in Au­gust. Or­ga­ni­za­tions are re­quired to match grant funds with cash or in-kind goods and ser­vices. Or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing funds must com­mit and ex­pend the full amount of the grant by Dec. 15. Only one ap­pli­ca­tion per ap­pli­cant will be ac­cepted, and ap­pli­cants are ad­vised to re­view the guide­lines to en­sure com­pli­ance prior to sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able on­line at www.cf­somd.org/ grants. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Gretchen Hard­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land, at 240-670-4483 or at Gretchen@cf­somd.org.

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