Beautification Grant Program
We are pleased to announce the 18th year of our neighborhood Beautification Grant Program as part of our Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) efforts for fiscal year 2014. The Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Program is seeking community organizations to beautify and improve the overall aesthetics of neighborhood communities in Montgomery County through landscaping projects. Any community organization within Montgomery County may qualify as a project sponsor.
This is a self-help opportunity to beautify your neighborhood. Neighborhoods are eligible for a grant of up to $500 to match the community's share of a beautification project. Volunteer hours qualify as part of your share.
Using the beautification grant, a neighborhood can plant flowers, shrubs, or trees; landscape a community entranceway; convert weed fields to grass areas; or initiate other beautification projects. See the below grant application for more detailed guidelines.
The Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Highway Services will review the application to ensure the applicant is not planning landscaping that would interfere with the public right-of-way functions, conflict with sight distances, or cause maintenance issues for the County. The Department of Environmental Protection also reviews the application for conformance to ground cover and maintenance requirements as specified in the County Code and for tree-canopy issues. Then the grant application will be reviewed by the Keep Montgomerty County Task Force for its recommendation of approval or disapproval. The Task Force will go over figures and verify all guidelines have been met. MCDOT will make a final determination of funding and mail an approval letter to the applicant. Once approved, payment will be made in two installments (half of the total dollars awarded initially). You will receive the first payment directly from the Department of Finance. Once the MCDOT Community Outreach Office receives invoices of the total amount paid for the project and photos showing project completion (photos of before, during and after are encouraged) the final payment will be requested and sent by Finance. Applicants have one year from date on the grant approval letter to submit all the necessary paperwork, receipts, and meet the general conditions to receive full grant payment. Otherwise any outstanding monies owed to you will be considered forfeited and awarded to other projects.
Below are two sample grants that you can use as guidance. For any questions call 240-777-7170 and ask for Roselle Paquette, or email her directly at Roselle.Paquette@montgomerycountymd.gov.
|Sample Grant A||Sample Grant B|
American Plant - www.americanplant.net
7405 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
5258 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
Behnke Nurseries - www.behnkes.com
9545 River Road
Rockville, MD 20854
Potomac Garden Center - www.potomacgardencenter.com
12024 Darnestown Road
North Potomac, MD 20878
Good Earth Garden Market - http://www.gegardenmarket.com/
18132 Georgia Avenue
Olney, MD 20832
11650 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Johnson's Flower & Garden Centers - www.johnsonsflorists.com
5011 Olney Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832
Roozens Nursery Inc. - www.roozens.com
8009 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Seasons Nursery - www.seasonsnurseryinc.com
8135 Snouffer School Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Stadlers Nurseries - www.stadlernurseries.com
6815 Olney Laytonsville Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20882
Susanna Farm Nursery - www.susannafarmnursery.com
17700 White Ground Road
Boyds, MD 20841
John's Garden Center
410 N Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Meadows Farms Nuseries - www.meadowsfarm.com
15930 Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
11406 Hawkes Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
1. Grants are intended to fund new landscaping projects that improve community aesthetics, meaning they have a visible community impact. Grants will not be awarded for construction projects (such as the construction and installation of signs, bridges, pathways, etc.); landscaping accessories (such as planters, wood screens, benches, tiles, fencing, gloves, stone, hoses, etc.); general maintenance (this would include tree trimming/removal, stump grinding/removal, shrub removal, etc.); payment to workers (should be volunteers); purchase of equipment (although rental of equipment necessary for the project will be funded at a reasonable cost); or for work which has already been completed.
2. Grants will be awarded in amounts of up to $500. County funding must be matched by at least an equivalent amount of community funding.
3. Volunteer hours may be included and are counted towards the total cost of the project. However, volunteer hours will account for no more than 20% of the cost of materials, equipment rental and miscellaneous items associated with the project. Volunteer hours will be calculated at a rate per hour per person equivalent to the prevailing federal minimum wage (2013 $7.25 per hour). See the application for current rate.
4. Direct community involvement (other than planning) is expected. Projects performed solely by contractors will not be approved.
5. Preference will be given to applicants planting perennial flowers and other permanent types of plantings such as shrubs, trees, or other landscaping. Planting of some annuals may still be awarded. Applicants are encouraged to plant native species, avoiding non-native and invasive varieties. For more information, see The Maryland Native Plant Society publication at http://www.mdflora.org/publications/invasives or The Home and Garden information center at http://www.hgic.umd.edu/ or http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/
6. Grants will be limited to one grant per community organization every three years from date of approval.
7. New applicants will have priority over previous grant recipients.
8. At the time of award, one-half of the County funding will be provided. The remaining half will be provided when the project is completed and approved by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.
9. Receipts from purchases, donations, volunteer time, and other expenditures must accompany request for final payment by the sponsor of the organization. Also, photographs of the completed projects are required.
10. Due to the large number of grant applications received for limited funding, awardees have one year from the date of their approval letter to submit all paperwork necessary to receive both grant installments (entire grant). Otherwise any outstanding monies owed to you will be considered forfeited and awarded to other projects.
11. Requests for grants must be made by the leadership of the community organization.
12. Requests for grants must contain a complete description of the project, specific project location with a sketch map, informal sketch of the project, photographs of the area proposed for the project, an itemized list of costs, an itemized list of plant types, and an indication of the level of direct community involvement associated with the project.
13. Property must be publicly owned (County, State, or Municipality), or in common ownership of the organization. Grants cannot be awarded for improvements to individual residences.
14. The community organization will be responsible for obtaining all necessary permits and approvals, where required, prior to release of County funds or commencing the project. Many beautification projects will not require permits. However, work on public property, including the right-of-way for roads, will require permits from the County, State, Municipality, or the jurisdiction responsible for the area.
15. Community organizations must also present a statement of maintenance responsibilities for the project and how they will be implemented.
TYPES OF PROJECTS
1. Planting of flowers, shrubs, and trees along walkways and in communal areas.
2. Planting of wildflowers in unsightly areas.
3. Landscaping of community entranceways.
4. Beautification of parking areas, including plant screening, at community buildings or open space areas.
5. Clean up of debris in communal areas in conjunction with a landscaping project.
6. Other beautification projects deemed suitable by the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force, which will review grant applications and recommend approval, modification, or denial to the Director, Montgomery County Department of Transportation the first Wednesday of every month.
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
DEADLINES FOR FISCAL YEAR 14 GRANTS
- FALL: Fall review will begin after August 1, 2013. We will continue to review applications through November or beyond if grant funds are available.
SPRING: Spring review will begin after March 1, 2014. We will continue to review applications through June if grant funds are available.
(spring review will not take place if grant funds for the fiscal year have been exhausted.)
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