Miles Fund Grants



Lester Miles was a long time member of The Mountain Club of Maryland.  He served as Treasurer, Membership Chairman and hike leader along with other volunteer leadership duties for the Club.

In 2002, MCM received a bequest from his estate.  The Club currently uses the dividends and interest from this and other gifts to award grants to non-profit organizations for projects in keeping with the with the founding goals of the Mountain Club of Maryland.  Funds from the Miles Fund are not used for operating expenses of MCM or organizations requesting grants.

Specifically MCM’s goals are:

  • Provide its members and guests the opportunity to enjoy and become educated about nature through hiking.
  • Build and maintain trails and shelters for public use.
  • Aid in the conservation of wild lands and wildlife, and to protect places of natural beauty, particularly in the areas accessible to Baltimore.

Grants should be requested by obtaining the “Miles Fund Proposal” form from the Miles Fund Administrator at  Requests will be reviewed by the Miles Fund Committee and their recommendation forwarded to the MCM Council for a final decision.

Click here to view the complete Miles Fund guidelines as approved by the Council of the Mountain Club of Maryland at its October 3, 2017 meeting.

Click here to download an application to the Miles Fund.


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