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Sept. 9, 2013
Contact: Ashley Ford
Phone: 704-336-2390
Email: aford@charlottenc.gov
Keep Charlotte Beautiful Receives $10,000 Grant for Local Community Projects
Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) recently received a $10,000 Waste Management/Keep America Beautiful Think Green grant, one of only 10 grants of its kind awarded to Keep America Beautiful’s nationwide affiliates. The merit-based grant will supplement existing funding that has been allocated for two KCB Adopt-A-Neighborhood Grant beautification projects and America Recycles Day in Charlotte.
The grant will assist the Commonwealth Park Neighborhood Association with its efforts to transform the former Charlotte Inn property in east Charlotte into a public gathering space for community members. The neighborhood association will use the funding to install signage, benches and landscaping.
Piedmont Middle School will also use the grant funding for a variety of beautification projects on the school’s front lawn, including showcasing the students’ nature and sustainability-themed mosaic artwork, installing decorative planters with ledges for seating, and planting flowers and trees. The school’s renovated lawn will help support an outdoor classroom where students can hone their academic and creative skills.
Additionally, the Think Green grant funding will support America Recycles Day, the annual recycling education, e-waste and document shredding event that will be hosted locally by KCB and Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. Slated to be held on Nov. 16, the event will encourage local residents to bring paper items and e-waste to the Walmart on E. Independence Boulevard to be recycled.
“Waste Management is proud to be a national sponsor of Keep America Beautiful,” said Amanda Fairley, public sector representative for Waste Management in North Carolina. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Keep Charlotte Beautiful to create stronger, vibrant and more beautiful communities through our participation in the Adopt-a-Neighborhood Grant and Charlotte Recycles Day programs.”
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 KCB committee works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowners groups, as well as area businesses, schools and local governments to achieve its goals.