We awarded the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP) a $2,000 30 in Thirty grant for their Recycling project. Currently, the VOSRP at the VCU Rice Rivers Center recycles waste oyster shell from more than 60 Virginia restaurants, 30 seafood retailers, and the general public. The group returns the shell to the Chesapeake Bay instead of it being lost to a landfill. With funds provided by us, VOSRP will support expansion into the Northern Virginia and further into the Central Virginia areas, including Mason Neck State Park, Leesylvania State Park, Fredericksburg, and Henrico.
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. 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.