We awarded Accomack County Public Works a $2,000 30 in Thirty grant for their Recycling initiative, “Trees for Trash.” Accomack will begin in the local elementary schools with a presentation on the importance and benefits of Recycling. The grant funds will be used to purchase and place recycling bins with each school’s name at convenience centers. After a month, they will measure the amount of materials collected and award the school with the most recyclables a beautification package that includes trees for their school’s landscape. Their goal is to foster the development of good recycling habits from a young age, and therefore create a more environmentally-friendly generation.
Government, non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to address Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in their communities. This year there were five additional $2,000 awards made to applicants that had extensive projects with a greater reach. 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.