MANDEVILLE, La. — Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s leading community improvement organization, seeks programs and projects to fund with its Healthy Communities Grant program and is calling for letters of intent to be submitted by March 8, 2023. Proposed programs and projects should reduce litter and waste, educate youth and/or adults, increase recycling, and/or strengthen litter enforcement.
The Healthy Communities Grant is a reimbursement grant that supports projects and programs, with funding allotments up to $8,000 per recipient. Eligible to apply are Louisiana non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, schools, and universities, KLB Affiliates, and Affiliates in the formation process.
KLB’s 2022-23 Healthy Community Grant recipients were Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Ascension Parish Government, Beauregard Arc, Big Sky, Friends of City Park, Glass Act Recycling, Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful, New Orleans Healing Center, Opelousas Downtown Development District, Ouachita Green, Sankofa Community Development Corporation, The TECHE Project, Town of Farmerville, Town of Jean Lafitte, University of New Orleans, Webster Parish Police Jury, and Xavier University of Louisiana.
Examples of funded projects include a recycling center expansion for Ascension Parish Government, a litter abatement campaign and educational outreach for Friends of City Park, a trailer for litter removal for Webster Parish Police Jury, and a storm drain inventory and educational program for University of New Orleans.
Those interested in applying must submit a letter of intent by March 8, 2023 and then be invited to formally apply for the Healthy Communities Grant. Invitations to apply will be sent by March 17, 2023. Invitees will have until April 15, 2023 to submit the full application.
“Thanks to support from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the state legislature, we are able to provide much-needed funds to help local communities implement projects to reduce litter, increase recycling, and improve the appearance of areas throughout Louisiana,” says Susan Russell, Executive Director of KLB. “Since 2004, KLB has awarded over $3.6 million in grants.”