Healthy Communities Grant
Making cleaner, greener communities a reality
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. A formal Letter of Intent is now required as the first step. Please read below for further instructions.
The purpose of the Healthy Communities Grant (HCG) is to provide funding to support local projects and programs that will bring about behavioral changes needed to improve, preserve, and protect the natural beauty of Louisiana.
KLB seeks to fund projects and programs that have a measurable, sustainable impact on one or more of the identified focus areas. Focus areas include litter and waste reduction, recycling, reusing, litter enforcement, and environmental education as it relates to KLB’s mission. Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent and be invited to formally apply for the Healthy Communities Grant. The Letter of Intent will be evaluated based on the strength of the answers outlined in the HCG Overview and Letter of Intent Guidelines.
This is a reimbursement grant that funds projects/programs ranging from $2,500 up to $8,000. Reimbursements will be dispersed, upon receiving proper receipts and reports on December 1 and May 1. At least a 10% cash match or in-kind donation is required.
Louisiana non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental agencies, schools and universities, KAB affiliates, and pre-certified affiliates located in Louisiana are eligible to apply. Individuals, KLB board members, and staff are not eligible.
HCG funds must be used to reduce litter and waste, increase recycling and reusing, support litter law enforcement, and educate students and the general public on environmental issues related to KLB’s mission. Gardening projects, tree planting, computers, electronics, printers, travel expenses, food and beverage, registration fees, cash awards, insurance, salaries, expenses associated with fundraising activities, and projects conducted on private property will not be funded. Administrative expenses must not exceed 10% of the grant budget and must be based on $24.80 per hour (Independent Sector, Louisiana state rate, 2020). Keep America Beautiful affiliates requesting trash receptacles, cleanup supplies, or environmental education workshops must apply using Trash Receptacle Affiliate Grant, Cleanup Supplies Grant, or Environmental Education Affiliate Grant.
- The HCG Letter of Intent will be accepted by mail or email from January 1 to March 11, 2022. Letters will not be accepted after midnight Central Time on March 11, 2022.
- KLB will issue invitations to apply for the HCG by email on or before March 21, 2022.
- Those who receive an invitation to apply may submit an online grant application for funding consideration on or before April 15, 2022. Grant requests must be for the same project/program outlined in the approved Letter of Intent.
- The Healthy Community Grant period runs from August 1, 2022, to May 1, 2023.
2021-22 Healthy Communities Grant Recipients
City of Alexandria
Project: Cleanup kits for Adopt-a-Road program, debris trailer signage
Keep Covington Beautiful
Parish: St. Tammany
Project: Litter boom
Keep Ouachita Parish Beautiful
Project: “Love Where You Live” Campaign
Keep Terrebonne Beautiful
Project: Litter video and educational program for 3rd-4th graders
Mid City Redevelopment Alliance
Parish: East Baton Rouge
Project: Cleanup supplies
Project: Anti-litter signage
Rotary Club of Crowley
Project: Litter sculpture
Project: Illegal dumping public awareness campaign
South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center
Project: Recycling bins for classrooms
St. Martin Sheriff’s Department
Parish: St. Martin
Project: Trailor for Litter Abatement
Tangipahoa Parish Government
Project: Litter enforcement cameras
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project: Outdoor landfill/recycling bins
Women’s Healing Center
Parish: St. Tammany
Project: “Road to Zero Waste” in homes and businesses