Friends of Kiptopeke State Park has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $1000 in the Cigarette Litter Prevention category. Friends of the Kiptopeke State Park promotes activities to conserve and enhance the Kiptopeke State Park’s abundant resources. They were concerned about the amount of cigarette butts being littered on the ground that end up in the Chesapeake Bay. Grant funds provided by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to purchase weather-resistant cigarette butt receptacles and informational signage in six targeted areas. The cigarette debris will be collected and recycled each week by the Friends group volunteers in order to reduce the amount of cigarette waste that ends up in their county’s landfill.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification. Since 2011, we have provided over $178,000 to fund 230 environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partners at Altria and Keep America Beautiful.