Keep Louisiana Beautiful awards $235,000 in grants

Keep Louisiana Beautiful awards $235,000 in grants

POSTED: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 5:04am

Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s premier non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, has awarded $235,000 to groups across the state, as part of the 2012-2013 Healthy Communities Grant Program. Thirty-five communities and educational institutions throughout the state have been awarded grants to help to keep Louisiana beautiful. 

Now in its 9th year, KLB received a record breaking number of grant applications for the organization. The Healthy Communities Grant Program offers grants to communities, schools and nonprofit organizations to assist with waste reduction, recycling and litter prevention programs. Since its inception in 2004, KLB has awarded more than $1.75 million in grants to carry out its mission of achieving a cleaner, more economically viable Louisiana. Grants have funded a variety of projects and programs, including school recycling initiatives, teacher workshops, law enforcement litter abatement programs, clean campus contests and neighborhood cleanups. All grantees are required to participate in America Recycles Day on November 15th or the Great American Cleanup campaign held March through May annually.

“I was happily surprised to see how many grant applications we received this year.” Leigh Harris, KLB Executive Director, said. “It’s great to see that the momentum to keep Louisiana beautiful is only growing stronger. The grant awards are one of my favorite KLB activities, as I know the money is always put to great use and has a great impact in the state.”

Recipients in the Greater Baton Rouge Region received $37,000 in grants to help combat litter and beautify their areas.

The recipients in the Greater Baton Rouge area include: the Amite River Preservation Association; Louisiana State University’s ecology lab; LSU Recycles; Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful; Keep East Feliciana Beautiful; and Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and all nine University of Louisiana System schools around the state were also awarded grant funds. LPB will produce PSA’s for adults and children, and will also develop lesson plans for teachers that will be available on the LPB website. The nine universities in the UL System will create student-led projects through their service learning programs and participate in events focusing on environmental and clean-up activities.

“There was a great amount of diversity in this year’s applications and we’re excited to have formed some even greater partnerships,” Harris said.

Projects of the grant recipients start in the fall and must be completed by June 1, 2013.

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