Thursday, July 13, 2017

Abingdon, VA Receives Two 30 in Thirty Grant Winners for 2017!

E.B. STANLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL GETS 30 IN THIRTY

KVB awarded E.B. Stanley Middle School, in Abingdon Virginia, a $500 30 in Thirty grant for their beautification project. They will use this money to finish the construction of a rainwater collection system. The water will be stored in a 2,500 gallon tank for Abingdon residents to use in the community garden. Treated water contains chlorine and fluorine, which can kill beneficial bacteria found in soil. This project will help the garden flourish with fresh rain water, and saves the County money by eliminating the need for them to provide fresh water.
Government, non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $2,000 describing how they plan to address Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in their communities.
Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $145,000 to 195 projects throughout the Commonwealth.  This year, we partnered with Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and Deep Run Dance Marathon to make the program possible.
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KEEP SOUTHWEST VA BEAUTIFUL SNAGS 30 IN THIRTY
Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $750 in the Cigarette Litter Prevention category. Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful in Abingdon is expanding their Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to two other counties across the Southwest, Lee and Dickenson. Cigarette butts are a concern because many people do not consider it litter. Efforts will be focused on county fairs where they can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time. Their plan includes educating the general public about cigarette butt litter through social media postings, and handing out pocket ashtrays. They will recruit a task force to conduct litter scans to count and pick up cigarette butts before the county fairs, then install ash receptacles for the public to use. Another count and cleanup of cigarette butts will be made after county fairs to show the decrease in litter, and an increase of public awareness.

Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues:  Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.

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