Healthy Communities Grant

Making cleaner, greener communities a reality

Since 2004, Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded over $4.7 million in grants to local communities in the areas of litter abatement, waste reduction, recycling, and environmental education.  

Grant Description

Grant Purpose: The KLB Healthy Communities Grant (HCG) provides funding for local projects and programs bringing about behavioral changes needed to improve the appearance of communities in Louisiana. Grant projects should focus on litter removal, prevention, and education, best practices for waste management, waste reduction, recycling, reusing, and refusing, litter enforcement, and other related efforts. KLB seeks to fund projects with diverse community support and community benefits. Projects should also promote volunteer involvement and collaboration with stakeholders.

Grant Type:  

  • $2,500-$10,000 Reimbursement grant that funds projects and programs as described above 
  • Minimum 15% cash match, in-kind donation or volunteer hours value required

This grant is made possible with funding from the State of Louisiana and Office of the Lt. Governor.

Eligible to Apply

  • Louisiana parishes, municipalities, state agencies, governmental entities, political subdivisions, schools, colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, KLB Community Affiliates who are current Circle of Excellence recipients, KLB University Affiliates, and KLB Community and University Affiliates in formation  
  • Non-profit organization applicants must submit IRS Determination Letter  
  • All applicants must submit Form W-9  
  • All applicants must be in good standing with the Secretary of State  
  • All applicants must be a State Certified Vendor. Register:  
  • Application must be submitted by the deadline and be completed in its entirety 

Funding Guidelines: Projects and programs with measurable goals and sustainable impacts in one or more of the following areas:  

ELIGIBLE for Funding:   

  • Litter removal 
  • Litter prevention  
  • Waste management and reduction  
  • Recycling, reusing, reducing, and repurposing  
  • Litter and illegal dumping enforcement   
  • Education on litter prevention, recycling and environmental stewardship  

NOT Eligible for Funding:

  • Gardening projects and tree planting   
  • Computers, electronics, and printers  
  • Travel expenses, rental of motorized vehicles and fuel 
  • Food and beverage 
  • Registration fees   
  • Cash awards, insurance and salaries, employee compensation  
  • Expenses associated with fundraising activities  
  • Projects or activities conducted on private property  
  • Excessive disposable materials or activities producing excess waste/litter (e.g. balloon release) 


Terms and Requirements: Failure to abide by all the requirements and/or submit the completed final report by May 1, 2025, will result in non-reimbursement for this grant and ineligibility during the next grant cycle.  To be awarded a grant, applicants agree to the following:  

  • A Grant Agreement (Agreement) must be signed between KLB (Grantor), the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (DCRT) and the grant recipient (Grantee) before reimbursable work can begin on the grant project. Grantees must abide by the approved grant budget as documented in the Agreement.    
  • All Grantees must attend a mandatory informational webinar before KLB will issue an Agreement.  
  • A minimum 15% cash match, in-kind donation or equivalent volunteer hours value is required.  
  • Community engagement and volunteer support are required.  
  • Grant projects must be completed on or before May 1, 2025.   
  • A grant award acknowledgement letter must be sent to the Grantee’s state representatives and senator. A copy must be submitted with the Final Report.  
  • A press release announcing the award of the KLB grant must be sent to the local media. A copy must be submitted with the final report.  
  • Two social media posts must be made:  
    • Within 30 days of the Agreement being executed, announce on Grantee social media channels the award of a KLB Healthy Communities Grant and how the grant will help the community. Tag Keep Louisiana Beautiful – on Facebook and Instagram tag @keeplouisianabeautiful and – on Twitter tag @keeplabeautiful.
    • At the grant project’s end, Grantees must make a second social media post with photographs highlighting its impact. 
    • Photos of both media posts must be uploaded in the Final Report.    
  • KLB’s logo must be printed on all grant related print materials, t-shirts, signage, banners and other marketing and educational materials funded by this grant. 
  • A Mid-year Monitoring Report must be submitted by December 1, 2024.  
  • Changes in the grant scope and/or budget as outlined in the Agreement must be pre-approved by KLB.  
  • A completed Final Report including photographs, press release, acknowledgement letters, social media posts and reimbursement request with proper receipts and documentation must be submitted to KLB by May 1, 2025. The report may be submitted before the deadline upon project completion but will not be accepted after May 1, 2025.  
  • Grantees must register for, conduct, and submit a report for a KLB Love the Boot Week event tentatively scheduled for April 18-27, 2025.  
  • The grant cycle begins once the Grantee attends the mandatory webinar and the Grant Agreement is signed by the Grantee and executed by the Executive Director of KLB and the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Appointing Authority. The grant cycle ends for all Grantees on May 1, 2025.



  • May 30, 2024: Deadline to submit application  
  • July 2024: Grant awards announced. Mandatory webinar for all grant recipients. Grant Agreement sent, signed and returned.
  • August 2024 – April 2025: Projects implemented including all grant requirements
  • May 1, 2025: Projects completed. Final Report including reimbursement requests and documentation due.

Directions: Before beginning an application, download the sample application below, gather information and prepare responses. Return here and click below to reach the online application. After starting the online application, a link will be provided to return to and complete the application, if necessary. Save the provided link, as KLB cannot provide this.

2024-25 SAMPLE  Healthy Communities Grant Application




2023-24 Healthy Communities Grant Recipients 



Organization: Town of Oberlin 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Litter education program 

Officials in the Town of Oberlin are launching an educational program designed to educate the public about their environmental responsibilities and how carelessness can have a direct impact on community development.


Organization: City of Donaldsonville 
Grant Amount: $5,500  
Project: Litter prevention education program 

The City of Donaldsonville will implement a litter prevention program for school-aged children. Youth will create “citations” or “citation books” to use when their family or friend is littering. This will promote environmental stewardship by empowering children to act as “litter law enforcement professionals.”


Organization: Assumption ARC  
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Recycling campaign  

Assumption ARC will implement larger, wind-safe recycling bins throughout the parish to allow for more items to be recycled and to minimize the amount of litter that ends up around citizens’ receptacles.


Organization: Shreveport Community Church  
Grant Amount: $2,505 
Project: Litter and Waste Removal  

The Shreveport Community Church intends to improve and increase community involvement in its program called “I Love West Shreveport,” which is focused on trash and waste removal throughout the community. Funds will go to waste removal and litter cleanup supplies.

East Baton Rouge  

Organization: CACRC 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Technological Recycling  

In efforts to raise awareness for the importance of proper technology and computer disposal, the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council is working to implement a public awareness campaign regarding E-waste via digital interstate billboards and digital surface billboards throughout the East Baton Rouge area.

Organization: City of Baker  
Grant Amount: $4,000 
Project: Traffic Cams for illegal dumping and Trash Receptacles  

To reduce the occurrence of illegal dumping, the City of Baker will implement trap cams around areas that experience high levels of illegal dumping. The City of Baker has also recognized a need for larger trash receptacles and will implement these receptacles in various retail areas throughout the city.

Organization: City of Central  
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Education and law enforcement litter program  

The City of Central plans to purchase 60 signs to discourage illegal dumping and five solar-powered cameras for litter enforcement.  The City of Baker also plans to launch a media campaign to stress the importance of proper trash disposal and to report on the progress of the program.

Organization: Clean Pelican  
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Environmental Education Expansion  

Clean Pelican plans to expand their current “Map It Clean” educational program to three additional schools in the East Baton Rouge area including Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, Franciscan High, and the Brighton School.

Organization: Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance   
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: FixUp! Program  

The Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance will launch its FixUp Program to prevent surface trash and encourage residents to create and implement cleanups within their community by eliminating the financial barriers hindering people to do so.

Organization: The Greater Baton Rouge Economic Partnership 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Cleanup supplies distribution 

The Greater Baton Rouge Economic Partnership is purchasing litter grabbers, gloves, vests, and contractor-sized garbage bags which will be given to businesses, schools, churches, and any individual willing to commit their time every day to pick up litter wherever they are.

Organization: The Walls Project 
Grant Amount: $7,150 
Project: Green Art Community Workshops 

The Walls Project will be hosting a free accessible “green art” community workshop to teach participants how to reduce the environmental impact of their art practice. The Baton Roots farm staff will also be working to assist in the growth and harvesting of indigenous plants which will be processed and used as natural paint pigment.


Organization: Town of Mamou 
Grant Amount: $2,600 
Project: Custom Anti-litter signs and public relations campaign 

Officials within the Town of Mamou are working to promote their anti-litter campaign with the instillation of custom anti-litter signs throughout the community. Officials are also working to launch their public relations campaign which will be focused on promoting litter abatement and beautification projects.


Organization: Academy of Our Lady 
Grant Amount: $2,500 
Project: The Penelope Composting Project  

Academy of Our Lady will reduce food waste by implementing a sustainable composting program on campus led by the Environmental Science class. The Composting Network will come to the school three times a week and return composted soil back to the school garden.


Organization: City of Scott 
Grant Amount: $8,000  
Project: Trash trailer  

The City of Scott will purchase a new trailer dedicated to litter collection for use by city personnel and volunteers for the upcoming campaign event, the “Sweep Scott Litter Campaign.”

Organization: Lafayette Consolidated Government  
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Mardi Gras recycling & litter prevention campaign 

Lafayette consolidated government plans to launch a marketing campaign to raise awareness of the importance of proper trash disposal and recycling during the Mardi Gras season with the goal of positively impacting the mindset of krewe members and patrons when it comes to littering.

Organization: Parish Proud  
Grant Amount: $7,980 
Project:  Cleanup supplies

Parish Proud will purchase additional supplies for their Parish Proud Troops Litter Mitigation Program to meet the growing volunteer need for supplies. The troop bags will consist of 20 grabbers, vests, trash bags, and a retractable flag to increase volunteers’ visibility and safety.


Organization: City of Denham Springs 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Purchase of litter collection trailer 

In order to maintain clean roadways and keep up with the increasing number of people on the road resulting in increased litter, the City of Denham Springs will purchase a covered trailer to be able to collect and carry larger amounts of litter.

Organization: Keep Livingston Beautiful 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Additional litter trailer  

In order to keep up with the mass influx of people on major interstates within the past years, Keep Livingston Beautiful will purchase an additional litter trailer to reduce litter and promote waste reduction within the community.


Organization: Glassroots 
Grant Amount: $6,639 
Project: Glass recycling expansion and accessibility  

Grassroots is opening a new glass drop-off location in the Treme/Seventh Ward area to make glass recycling more accessible to lower-income areas that do not currently have sustainable recycling options.

Organization: Grounds Krewe NOLA 
Grant Amount: $6,665 
Project: Litter trailer  

The Grounds Krewe will purchase an enclosed cargo trailer to increase the operational efficiency of transporting its sustainable throws and recycling equipment/waste. The trailer will also serve as a “rolling advertisement” for the non-profit’s mission to provide waste prevention, recycling, and sustainable products for New Orleans events.

Organization: St. Michael Special School 
Grant Amount: $3,150 
Project: Bead Recycling Program 

The St. Michael Special School is continuing its bead recycling program and plans to purchase two heavy-duty tilt trucks for transport. The recycled beads will be sorted, packaged, and given out to krewe members for the upcoming Mardi Gras season.

Organization: The Academy of the Sacred Heart  
Grant Amount: $4,268 
Project: Waste diversion and Recycling  

The Academy of Sacred Heart will continue its food waste, recycling, and diversion programs, which are provided to all campus community members. Additionally, they plan on adding onsite glass recycling bins at both campuses to increase glass recycling throughout the community.

Organization: Thrive New Orleans 
Grant Amount: $3,850 
Project: Litter cleanups and stormwater waste reduction campaign  

Thrive New Orleans will organize community cleanups to support litter/waste reduction following the Mardi Gras season with goals to reduce the amount of litter that ends up in our waterways and promote the sustainment of clean catch basins. They will also launch a media campaign to educate community members on the importance of waste reduction to stormwater management.


Organization: Town of Sterlington 
Grant Amount: $7,500 
Project: Dump trailer  

The Town of Sterlington will purchase a large dump trailer for hauling litter and large debris following cleanups.

Organization: University of Louisiana at Monroe 
Grant Amount: $3,167 
Project: Recycling bins surrounding the campus bayou 

ULM will be purchasing five recycling bins to place around the popular bayou running through the center of the university grounds. The bins will help promote recycling and keep litter out of the bayou.


Organization: Glass Act Recycling  
Grant Amount: $7,000 
Project: “Bottles Up” Glass Recycling Campaign  

The grant will support Glass Act Recycling in offering its commercial glass pickup program. The program will engage local businesses and restaurants in glass recycling, diverting tons of glass from landfills.

St. Landry 

Organization: Schools of the Sacred Heart – Grand Coteau 
Grant Amount: $2,592 
Project: Recycling and landfill campaign  

To improve recycling on campus and reduce landfill waste, Schools of the Sacred Heart – Grand Coteau will purchase 20 recycling receptacles and strategically place them throughout the campus. The school community will be educated on proper waste disposal and recycling practices to ensure students, faculty, and staff understand what goes in the provided bins.

St. Mary 

Organization: City of Patterson 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Patterson Beautiful Inside and Out Campaign  

The City of Patterson will launch “Patterson Beautiful Inside and Out,” a program dedicated to maintaining a healthy community through litter prevention education and proactive activities including a multimedia education campaign and purchase of a litter collection trailer.

St. Tammany 

Organization: Recreational Fisheries Research Institute 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: Glass Recycling Project  

The Recreational Fisheries Research Institute will promote its glass recycling program through community engagement and volunteer opportunities. The collected and recycled glass will be used to restore St. Tammany and Louisiana coastlines.

Organization: St. Tammany Parish Government 
Grant Amount: $4,000 
Project: Adopt-A-Road 

St. Tammany Parish Government will be launching a new Adopt-A-Road program that will utilize community volunteers to pick up litter on local roadways throughout the parish.


Organization: Village of Dixie Inn 
Grant Amount: $8,000 
Project: New litter trailer  

The Village of Dixie Inn will purchase a new litter trailer better equipped for taking care of their litter problem. The Village will also purchase anti-litter signage.