To engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment.

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Our 30 in Thirty application period for 2018 is NOW CLOSED!  See the list of this year’s grant awards!

Our 30 Grants in Thirty Days initiative is designed to empower groups all across Virginia to make an environmental impact in their own communities. Keep Virginia Beautiful awards grants of $500-$1,000 for projects in each of these four categories:  Community Beautification and Greening, Litter Prevention, Recycling, and Cigarette Litter Prevention.  Since 2011, we have provided $203,000 for 260 different projects at schools colleges, parks, counties and towns, environmental groups, associations, nonprofits, and service organizations!

New this year!  To expand the reach of our 30 Grants in Thirty Days initiative, and in celebration of our 65th Anniversary year, we will give away cleanup kits to groups and individuals!  Names will be selected in a random drawing.  You do not need to complete a grant application to enter the Cleanup Kit Contest!

For the 30 Grants in Thirty Days initiative, online applications will be accepted through April 30th, in honor of Earth Month. A panel of expert judges will review the applications in May, and we announced our “30 Grants in Thirty Days” recipients each day in the month of June on social media and this website.

DESCRIPTION OF CATEGORIES:

  • Litter Prevention – Grants will be awarded to parks, communities, government or nonprofit entities, or other groups that implement programs in Virginia to reduce litter. Funding will support educational outreach materials, and cleanup events. The purpose of these grants is to support sustainable prevention and a measurable reduction of litter within Virginia’s communities.
  • Recycling – Grants are awarded to schools, parks, communities, government or nonprofit entities, or other groups that implement or expand programs to reduce waste and increase recycling in Virginia.  Funding will support educational outreach materials, receptacles, and recycling events. The purpose of these grants is to promote waste reduction and a measurable increase in reuse and recycling within Virginia’s communities.
  • Beautification – Grants will be awarded to schools, parks, communities, government or nonprofit entities, or other groups in Virginia who support programs that beautify and clean. Funding will support community gardens, restoring vacant lots, highway and shoreline enhancement, plantings, graffiti abatement, revitalization projects, and sustainable neighborhood gardens.  The purpose of these grants is to support beautification efforts within Virginia’s communities.
  • Cigarette Litter Prevention – Cigarette butts account for over 30% of all U.S. roadway litter and storm drain litter.  Grants will be awarded for projects that include public education and awareness of the issue of cigarette litter, placing ash receptacles at transition points such as entrances to public buildings, and/or distributing pocket or portable ashtrays to adult smokers.

Panel of Judges:

Thank you to this year’s judges, we couldn’t have done it without them!  They come from a variety of backgrounds, and locations across the Commonwealth.  They contribute an enormous amount of expertise and knowledge in their fields, and we appreciate the many hours they spent reading and evaluating grant applications!

Community Beautification
Lane Guilliam, former KVB Board member, Good Samaritan Hospice, Inc.
Lynn McCashin, Garden Club of Virginia
Eunice Kulesza, Senior Environmental Compliance Specialist, FAREVA Richmond
Kathy Emerson, RVA Artist

Litter Prevention and Cigarette Litter Prevention
Ryan Bauersachs, Board Member, Altria/John Middleton Co.
Kris Ferguson, Board Member, Ferguson Environmental Consulting
Carol W. Doss, Former KVB Board member, Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful
Patty Averett, Litter and Recycling Manager for Amelia County
Suzanne Taylor, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Recycling
Lisa Moerner, Board Member, Dominion Energy
Julie Daves, Board Member, Dominion Energy
Douglas Sharo, Board Member, WestRock Sustainability Manager
Chris Conley, Board Member, Afton Chemical
Cathy Warner, Afton Chemical
Sarah Woodhouse, Sustainable RVA Zero Waste Initiative

 

We appreciate the generosity of Altria for their continued support of this initiative.