The Richmond Environmental Film Festival has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $500 in the Beautification category. The Richmond Environmental Film Festival is a showcase of films selected to raise awareness for environmental issues that has been open to the public for seven years. Its goal is to educate local residents about the rewards of thoughtful and mindful living habits, such as reducing consumption, recycling, buying locally grown produce, and the effect pollution has on your health. Topics have included shoreline pollution by industry, river and stream restoration, neighborhood gardening, and respect for native species. Previous festivals have informed an average of 1500 attendees on sustaining the environment and preventing pollution.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty Grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 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.