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City’s Keep Charlotte Beautiful Committee Now Accepting Applications for 2012 ‘Adopt-a-Neighborhood’

Monday, January 9, 2012

Contact: Justine Gazzola
704-315-3259 or jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB), one of the nation’s first affiliates of Keep America Beautiful, is accepting applications for the 2012 Adopt-a-Neighborhood Program, a beautification grant program.

At the beginning of each year, KCB board members select a neighborhood to participate in their neighborhood adoption program through a competitive scoring process. This program was created to fund small beautification projects that enhance the quality of life in Charlotte neighborhoods. There is no cost for the neighborhood to participate, however, it is necessary for neighbors to volunteer and maintain the project after completion. Any Neighborhood or Homeowner Associations within the boundaries of the City of Charlotte are eligible to apply.

The Committee accepts applications for beautification projects ranging from $500 - $5,000. A maximum amount of $5,000 will be awarded each year.  

Any beautification project that will make a long lasting or permanent impact to a neighborhood is eligible. Some examples of acceptable projects include, but are not limited to: tree planting, neighborhood entrance signs, landscaping, public art installation, neighborhood park improvements and community gardens. 

Neighborhoods must apply by 5:00 pm on February 10, 2012 to be considered. Visit http://nbs.charlottenc.gov for more information and to download an adoption application. Completed applications can be mailed or emailed to:
Neighborhood & Business Services
Attn: Aisha Alexander, Executive Director, Keep Charlotte Beautiful
600 E. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC  28202
Finalists will be contacted by a Committee member in February for an on-site visit. 

About Keep Charlotte Beautiful
Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) was founded in 1974 and is one of the nation's first Keep America Beautiful affiliates.  KCB's objective is to enhance the quality of life for Charlotteans by maintaining and improving the cleanliness and beauty of our City.  The Committee works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowners' groups, as well as with area businesses, schools and local governments to achieve its goals.