329 Green Street is a group in Staunton who plan to turn a vacant, former dumping ground into a shining example of permaculture design. They plan for a cost-effective, low-impact, regenerative landscape that will help manage storm-water runoff and improve air quality. They’ll plant nine trees and ten groups of vegetables, as well as collect and filter over 10,000 gallons of water each year. With support from local residents and experience working with the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute, their goal is to create a perennial landscape that benefits people, animals, birds, and insects. 329 Green Street has been awarded a 30 in Thirty grant of $1,000 in the Beautification category.
Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 in 30 in Thirty Grants to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex. Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification.