We awarded the Town of Scottsville a $500 30 in Thirty grant for their Cigarette Litter Prevention project. They plan to use this money to install cigarette receptacles where excessive cigarette litter has been observed, making safe disposal easy and convenient in popular gathering and event locations. Cigarette receptacles will be installed at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion (which hosts markets, concerts, and community events), Canal Basin Square (a town park that also hosts community events), and three sidewalk locations near benches where people commonly gather. Decreasing cigarette litter will improve not only the appearance of town parks and sidewalks, but it will also keep litter out of the town’s storm drain system, which flows to the James River.
Government, non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $2,000 describing how they plan to address Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in their communities. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $145,000 to 195 projects throughout the Commonwealth. This year, we partnered with Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and Deep Run Dance Marathon to make the program possible.