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Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Awards $20,000 to Keep Charlotte Beautiful
Donation to support grant program for local community improvement projects

Friday, May 4, 2012

Neighborhood & Business Services
Justine Gazzola
704-315-3259 or jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Stacey Lentz
704-758-2173 or stacey.c.lentz@lowes.com

(Charlotte, N.C.) – Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) today announced a major gift in support KCB’s mission to engage individuals in local community improvement and environmental projects.
The Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000 is one of 120 merit-based grants awarded nationally to support grassroots community improvement projects ranging from community gardens and tree plantings to litter and debris cleanups, recycling programs, park and playground restorations and beautification efforts. 
The Charlotte grant funding will go to support KCB’s partnership with Field to Fork to install community gardens at Charlotte-Mecklenburg School sites and support future Great Charlotte Clean-Up activities.
“The Committee is thrilled to have received such a generous grant award from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. These funds will allow us to make an even greater impact in the community,” said Aisha Alexander, Executive Director for KCB.
The grant program is being supported by Lowe’s company-wide volunteerism effort, Lowe’s Heroes. This initiative offers Lowe’s employees the opportunity to work on a project in their own neighborhood, helping to make their communities better places to live, work and play.
“Keep America Beautiful is proud of the positive impact that KCB’s project will have in the Charlotte community,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. “We are truly grateful to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for its support and leadership that is being demonstrated in community sustainability.”
About Lowe’s
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Low​e’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
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.