Keep Louisiana Beautiful announces 2019-2020 grant opportunity

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s leading community improvement organization, will begin accepting Letters of Intent for its 2019-2020 Healthy Community Grant on Tuesday, January 15, with letters due to the organization by Friday, February 12.

The Healthy Communities Grant provides funding to support local projects and programs that bring about behavioral changes needed improve, preserve and protect the natural beauty of Louisiana. Grant funds of $2,500 - $8,000 per project are available to encourage community action in the areas of: litter and waste reduction; recycling; reusing; litter enforcement; and environmental education, as they relate to KLB’s mission of promoting personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana.

The Healthy Communities Grant, which provided $92,000 for projects throughout Louisiana in 2018, is a reimbursement grant and is open to non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, schools and universities, KAB affiliates, and pre-certified affiliates. A Letter of Intent is required as the first step in applying for the Healthy Communities Grant. After a first selection round, applicants will be invited to submit a formal application, due on March 25. The funding cycle for the Healthy Communities Grant will run from August 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020.

Since 2004, Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded over $3 million in grants to local communities in the areas of litter abatement, waste reduction, recycling, and environmental education. “We are thrilled to fund local initiatives and support those who are working for a cleaner and more beautiful Louisiana through our grant opportunities,” said Susan Russell, executive director of KLB.

Contributed by the Louisiana Press Association