County Executive O. James Lighthizer has invited all community associations in Anne Arundel County to apply for funding for improvements through the Community Beautification and Environmental Grant Programs.
The grants will pay up to $2,000 per community organization for landscaping, beautifying and addressing environmental concerns in common areas of the community.
The money comes from a $125,000 Beautification Grant Program, and a $100,000 Environmental Grant Program fund, and organizations throughout the county already have used the county funding to landscape and beautify their neighborhoods, create wildlife habitats, and halt shoreline erosion. Through the innovative use of matching grants, Anne Arundel communities provide "sweat equity," and the county provides dollars and technical assistance to improve public and community-owned property.
This means that volunteer labor -- the sweat equity -- calculated at $3.80 per hour, qualifies as part of the match for county grants. The deadline for Environmental Grant applications is Nov. 15, and Beautification Grant applications must be received by Dec. 15.