Let’s Make Louisiana Beautiful Together!

How do we do that? By becoming a part of the Keep Louisiana Beautiful family of affiliates.
Below you will find information to give you a greater understanding of the local affiliate program, structure, benefits, and requirements. It will also help you determine if you are ready to take the leap and join us in the movement to end littering in Louisiana and create clean and beautiful communities for all its citizens.

Become a KLB Affiliate

What is an affiliate?

An affiliate represents a commitment to improving community appearance, engaging citizens, promoting environmental stewardship, and implementing outcomes-based programs.
Affiliate Details
Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Affiliate

What is an affiliate?

Being a Keep Louisiana Beautiful state affiliate is a special mark of distinction, and represents a commitment to improving community appearance, promoting citizen engagement and environmental stewardship, and implementing outcomes-based programs. It offers state recognition and sends a strong message to your members, stakeholders and citizens, as well as city, and state leaders. It signifies that you are part of a greater movement of partners and affiliates that have a proven track record of behavioral change, and preserving the beauty of Louisiana.

State affiliates are self-organized groups that have completed the formation process by KLB. An affiliate should involve a cross section of your community and have representation from citizens, community and business leaders, educators, elected officials, or any combination of interested parties. Affiliates initiate local efforts to improve the appearance of their community through programs and campaigns to prevent litter, reduce waste, and beautify public areas. Affiliates have the flexibility and autonomy to make decisions based on the needs of their community, while receiving support and guidance from KLB and affiliates throughout the state. A state affiliate is established within an existing “host” entity such as an established non-profit organization, civic or community organization, association, city or parish. Examples include a Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, or a city or parish government. The affiliate is led by either a newly formed board/committee/commission, or an existing one with a similar purpose such as a beautification committee, or parks and parkways commission.

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), our parent organization, was established in 1953 and began certifying communities in 1976. KLB was founded and certified as the state affiliate by KAB in 2000. Currently there are 40 certified KAB affiliates in Louisiana. We believe the most successful, sustainable pathway to facilitate community appearance improvements is through state affiliation. After proven success with local affiliation, an affiliate may elect to begin the KAB certification process if they desire to become a national affiliate which offers additional benefits.

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What benefits will we receive?

Affiliates receive organizational support, networking opportunities, education, training, tools, resources, grants, in-kind donations, and recognition!
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Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Affiliate

What benefits will we receive?

Local affiliates who fulfill the annual requirements are eligible for the following benefits.

Organizational Support

  • Alignment with the state’s premier community enhancement organization
  • Exclusive use of the Keep (Insert Name) Beautiful name and logo
  • KLB Affiliate Handbook: operational and training manual
  • Branding and name recognition associated with KLB
  • KLB staff support

Networking, Education, and Training

  • KLB State Conference, networking calls, and regional meetings
  • Extensive networking of community affiliates and partners, enabling you to connect and share ideas, projects, and solutions
  • Webinars and other online formats covering a variety of topics related to our mission work

Tools and Resources

  • Affiliate Resource Center website information portal
  • KLB campaigns, programs, handbooks, and resources
  • Rocksey’s Toolbox – environmental education lessons and workshops
  • Litter Enforcement: ordinance templates, litter court handbook
  • Love the Boot campaign
  • Access to KAB programs
  • America Recycles Day
  • Cigarette Litter Prevention
  • Great American Cleanup
  • KLB newsletters, communications, promotions, and marketing materials
  • Tools for data tracking and reporting outcomes
  • Access to state impact reports

Grants and In-Kind Donations

  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful Healthy Communities Grant*
  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate-only grants*
  • Keep America Beautiful grants and in-kind**
  • Cleanup supplies, as available

Recognition

  • Circle of Achievement
  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful Everyday Heroes Awards
  • Keep America Beautiful National Awards**

* New state affiliates must successfully operate for six-months before being eligible to apply for grants.

** Restrictions apply.

What will we be required to do?

KLB has identified benchmarks for success. Our goal is to help you address local challenges, build capacity, and create a lasting impact on your community.
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Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Affiliate

What will we be required to do?

Affiliates must meet the minimum requirements to maintain affiliate status and to be eligible for grants.

Requirements

  • Programs: Participate in a cleanup activity PLUS at least one KLB endorsed program, project, or campaign:
    • Rocksey’s Toolbox: elementary school environmental education lessons
    • America Recycles Day (November 15)
    • Arbor Day (Third Friday in January)
    • Great American Cleanup/Love the Boot Cleanup
    • Litter law enforcement efforts
    • Household Hazardous Waste
    • Earth Day
    • Litter prevention and waste reduction media campaigns
    • International Coastal Cleanup (September)
    • Create your local program focusing on litter prevention/removal, waste reduction/recycling, or beautification/community enhancement.
  • Training: Participate in at least 4 hours of virtual or in-person continuing education and professional development training (e.g., KLB state conference, affiliate meetings, webinars)
  • Networking: Participate in at least 3 of the 6 KLB affiliate networking calls.
  • Branding: Use affiliate name and logo on affiliate programs and activities.
  • Leadership: Have an active affiliate coordinator/chair and affiliate committee/board/commission.
  • Annual Fee: $150 annual fee paid by August 1st.
  • Outcomes: Track and submit affiliate outcomes, number of volunteers, and hours.
  • Report: Submit an annual report by August 1st. The report documents that the above requirements have been fulfilled.

The Affiliate Process

Step One
Readiness Assessment
Step One

Readiness Assessment

The readiness assessment tool will help you self- determine if your group is a viable candidate for state affiliation. It is recommended that you and your group complete the assessment together. Depending on the results, you may decide to move to Step Two and submit an Affiliate Inquiry or consider waiting until your group is more prepared.

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Step Two
Inquiry Form
Step Two

Inquiry Form

After completing the readiness assessment, and your group has decided to move forward with the affiliate process, please submit the online inquiry form.  A KLB representative will contact you and schedule an interview with your group.

Inquiry Form
Step Three
Application
Step Three

Application

Once KLB determines your group is ready to apply, it will extend an invitation to you by sending you an application. The application and a $200 one-time, non-refundable formation fee must be submitted to KLB within 90 days from when the invitation is extended. The number of applicants accepted each year is limited; therefore, you may be put on a waiting list depending on the number of previously accepted applicants.

Step Four
Affiliate Formation
Step Four

Affiliate Formation

Once the application has been approved and formation fee received, the formation process begins. We anticipate the steps to formation will be completed within 3-6 months. You will receive a KLB Affiliate Handbook to help you every step of the way. The handbook contains organizational information, templates, and resources for a successful affiliate’s formation and operation.

Steps to form an affiliate:

  1. Form a steering committee.
  2. Select an affiliate coordinator/point of contact.
  3. Determine the organizational structure and governing body.
  4. Attend a KLB training session.
  5. Conduct a Community Assessment and Litter Survey.
  6. Create a one-year plan.
  7. Establish a budget.
  8. Officially announce the affiliate.

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