We awarded our annual “30 in Thirty Green Grants” daily during the month of June. 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 $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.
Soil Cycles HVA in Harrisonburg, has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Green Grant of $1000 for its Recycling project. Soil Cycles is dedicated to composting and reducing food waste using human-powered bicycles for transportation. They collect compostable waste from residences and restaurants without the use of fossil fuel energy. Participants who subscribe to the program receive a 5-gallon bucket each week to fill with their compostable waste, and in return receive finished compost delivered to their home or business. If the subscriber doesn’t have a place to use the finished compost, it will be donated to a local community garden. Our Green Grant funds will be used to purchase a hitch for their bike trailer and for marketing materials.