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October 2018


Grant Program Funds Keep America Beautiful Initiatives

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By Deborah L. Vence

Home improvement company Lowe's has donated an additional $1 million this year to national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful. The donation will help fund 44 grassroots initiatives and Keep America Beautiful's annual Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

The donation will help boost the work of Keep America Beautiful's network of community-based affiliates by funding projects that are focused on critical, local needs.

Since the partnership began in 2011, Lowe's has contributed close to $8 million, with more than 2,100 Lowe's Heroes volunteers helping Keep America Beautiful improve local communities.

"These targeted grant projects will provide significant benefits in many areas of the country, both urban and rural, that often are neglected," said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. "Our network of affiliates has been particularly creative in using these grassroots grants to develop and deliver programs that embrace their community members, while transforming often neglected public spaces into beautiful places."

Examples of projects include the following:

  • Keep Dallas Beautiful in Dallas, Texas, is constructing a Therapeutic Healing Garden at the Dallas VA Medical Center to promote the healing of injured veterans. Nine unique garden areas, occupational therapy stations honoring each branch of the military, concert spaces and other features will be developed.
  • Keep Charleston Beautiful in Charleston, S. C., will collaborate with the Charleston Parks Conservancy to construct a community garden that will provide fresh food to local food pantries and educational programming.
  • Keep Genesee County Beautiful in Flint, Mich., will complete park improvements that are identified in the city's Park Improvement Plan and executed by Adopt a Park volunteers.
  • Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful in Winston Salem, N.C., will use its grant to fund the annual Community Roots Day, during which hundreds of trees are planted in an area needed in the reestablishment of the urban forest canopy.

In addition, the partnership between Lowe's and Keep America Beautiful has:

  • Supported the collection of more than 99.24 million pounds of litter and debris for proper disposal.
  • Planted 3.2 million flowers and bulbs, and nearly 101,600 trees.
  • Funded the establishment and maintenance of 2,349 community gardens.
  • Built and restored 3,183 playgrounds and recreational areas.

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