We’re lucky to have affiliate groups – both official and ad hoc – across the Commonwealth who are committed to our mission. Like us, most of them are volunteer driven. During the month of June, we’re awarding 30 of these groups with Green Grants so that they can expand their work. 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.
Today, Keep Virginia Cozy Inc. in Richmond has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Green Grant of $750 for its Recycling project. Keep Virginia Cozy is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to keeping Virginia clean and cozy. Beginning in the George Washington National Forest, the organization hopes to increase recycling in public areas and lands. Much of the litter that people bring to the trail heads are water bottles and other recyclables. Keep Virginia Cozy is going to use Green Grant funds to build and provide areas for those recyclables to be disposed of properly, rather than ending up in the landfill.
Since 2011, we have provided $203,000 for 260 different environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partner Altria, as well as additional support from Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola.