Keep Louisiana Beautiful is accepting applications online for the Greener Grounds Grant for large outdoor events, Beautification Grant, and Trash Receptacle Grant. All three grant programs were created to support community improvement and engagement, reduce litter, and promote environmental stewardship.

The Greener Grounds Grant, a new reimbursement grant for up to $8,000, supports Louisiana’s large outdoor events, such as festivals and fairs. It implements best practices for litter prevention and waste reduction outlined in the new Greener Grounds Guidebook and Workbook, created in collaboration with French Quarter Festivals, Inc.  Any group organizing large outdoor events is encouraged to download and use the guide and workbook to help prevent litter and manage waste. Grants may fund trash and recycling receptacles; litter and waste signage; litter prevention education materials; t-shirts, water, and food for volunteers working at waste stations; and litter removal supplies. Not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, and parishes organizing events with over 1,000 attendees are eligible to apply.

The KLB Beautification Grant will provide reimbursement grants for beautification projects ranging from $1,000 to $8,000. KLB will fund planting projects and welcome signs on public property in highly visible areas such as community entry points, highway corridors and medians, and major roadways and intersections. Plants and trees must be at least 25 percent native to Louisiana and other restrictions apply. In addition to beautifying public spaces, proposed projects should exhibit diverse community support, collaborations between organizations, matching contributions, and benefits to community residents. Louisiana parishes, municipalities, state agencies, governmental entities, political subdivisions, public universities and colleges, and KLB Affiliates in good standing are eligible to apply. Beautification projects must be completed prior to May 22, 2024. The application is open now and the deadline to apply is October 18, 2023.

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Author: Gary Dupré, L’Obserateur