Applications for ‘Green Grants’ sought

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Keep Virginia Beautiful Inc. is accepting grant applications from groups that want to make a difference in their community.

Applications for “Green Grants” are being accepted through April 30. Thirty grant awards will be announced, one each day in the month of June.

Proposals are being accepted in four categories: Litter Prevention, Cigarette Litter Prevention, Community Beautification and Recycling. Past awards have gone to place cigarette butt receptacles outside municipal buildings and restaurants, or to host a fix-it-fair to repair bicycles and household items instead of adding them to the landfill.

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“People know what’s needed to make improvements in their community,” said Cristi Lawton, executive director. “This program gives them the resources to put plans for their environmental projects and programs into action.”

Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided $254,500 for 355 programs and projects throughout the state, through the generosity of Altria, along with this year’s sponsors WestRock and Village Bank.

The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is “to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment.”