We started this program in 2011 to empower groups all across Virginia to make an environmental impact in their own communities. Keep Virginia Beautiful awards grants of $500-$1,000 for projects in these four categories: Community Beautification and Greening, Litter Prevention, Recycling, and Cigarette Litter Prevention. New this year: five bonus grants of $2,000 are available!
Since 2011, we have provided $145,000 for 195 different projects at schools colleges, parks, counties and towns, environmental groups, associations, nonprofits, and service organizations!
Want to start a community garden? We can help. Need to update your neighborhood playground? We might have a few bucks for you. Anxious to launch a cleanup? One of our grants may get you started. Online applications will be accepted April 1st – 30th in honor of Earth Month. A panel of expert judges will review the applications in May, and we will announce our “30 Grants in Thirty Days” recipients each day in the month of June on social media and this website.
We appreciate the generosity of our 2017 partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and Deep Run Marathon Dance.
DESCRIPTION OF CATEGORIES:
- Litter Prevention – Grants will be awarded to parks, communities, government or non-profit entities that implement programs in Virginia to reduce litter. Funding will support educational outreach materials, and clean-up events. The purpose of these grants is to support sustainable prevention and a measurable reduction of litter within Virginia’s communities.
- Recycling – Grants are awarded to schools, parks, communities, government or non-profit entities that implement programs in Virginia to reduce waste and increase recycling. Funding will support educational outreach materials, receptacles, and recycling events. The purpose of these grants is to promote waste reduction and a measurable increase in reuse and recycling within Virginia’s communities.
- Beautification – Grants will be awarded to schools, parks, communities, government or non-profit entities in Virginia which support programs that beautify and clean. Funding will support community gardens, restoring vacant lots, highway and shoreline enhancement, plantings, graffiti abatement, revitalization projects, and sustainable neighborhood gardens. The purpose of these grants is to support beautification efforts within Virginia’s communities.
- Cigarette Litter Prevention – Cigarette butts account for over 30% of all U.S. roadway litter and storm drain litter. Grants will be awarded for projects that include public education and awareness of the issue of cigarette litter, placing ash receptacles at transition points such as entrances to public buildings, and/or distributing pocket or portable ashtrays to adult smokers.