During the month of June, Keep Virginia Beautiful awarded its annual 30 Grants in Thirty Days, a program that awards one grant each day to nonprofit, civic and service organizations in Virginia whose efforts improve Virginia’s natural and scenic environment. The following organizations in Coastal Virginia were recipients of grants:
The York County Beautification Committee was awarded a $500 grant in the Community Beautification category on June 2. The funds awarded by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to create a butterfly garden at the York County Waste Management/Recycling Center.
Keep Suffolk Beautiful was awarded a $1,000 grant in the Litter Prevention category on June 5. Keep Suffolk Beautiful has proposed a Library Lending Program that will allow library patrons to borrow cleanup equipment at all three libraries.
Friends of Kiptopeke State Park was awarded a $1,000 grant in the Cigarette Litter Prevention category on June 16. The funds will be used to purchase weather-resistant cigarette butt receptacles and informational signage in six targeted areas in Kiptopeke State Park.
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast was awarded a $750 grant in the recycling category on June 22. The funds will be used to purchase recycling bins for staff buildings, the Outreach and Community Building and Outdoor Adventure and Day Camps.
Friends of Norfolk’s Environment was awarded a $1,000 grant in the Community Beautification category on June 24. Funds provided by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to purchase seeds, vegetable plants, pollinator plants, fruit trees and a metal 55-gallon trashcan for litter.
TWP- The Youth Movement in Norfolk was awarded a 1,000 grant in the Community Beautification category on June 26. Funds awarded by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to transform vacant lots provided by the City of Norfolk to create sustainable neighborhood gardens, giving residents the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce, fruit and flowers and learn the health benefits of gardening and healthy eating.