We awarded the Friends of Pocahontas State Park a $500 30 in Thirty grant for their Beautification project to help maintain the existing gardens around Pocahontas State Park. Funds awarded by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to purchase a leaf shredder, as well as additional native plants to improve the landscape gardens. Volunteers will use shredded leaves as mulch in the flower beds, which saves the park money by not having to purchase mulch to replenish the gardens each year.
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.