25 Groups Receive Community Improvement Grants from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

(September 29, 2016) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful awarded twenty-five grants of up to $1,000 for community improvement projects in three focus areas of Prevent It, Clean It, or Keep It to tax-exempt groups across the state of Pennsylvania. The grants were awarded daily from September 1 through September 25 via social media. The projects funded were diverse and included planting trees and pollinator gardens, restoring habitats, restoring parks and abandoned lots, establishing community curbside collections, tire recycling, graffiti removal and so much more.  Projects are slated to be complete by April 30, 2017. 

“We greatly appreciate Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s grant to support Moravian College’s efforts to manage storm water runoff and to create a public outdoor learning laboratory by planting a native plant meadow on our South Campus. Many thanks for your generous support,” stated Robert E. Breckinridge, Director of Foundation Relations at Moravian College.

“Graffiti is affecting our state parks and forests,” said Marci Mowery, President of PA Parks and Forests Foundation.  “When graffiti covers our public lands it often attracts other negative behavior, making the area unattractive and unsafe for visitors.  By cleaning up these lands we return them to more positive use for all outdoor enthusiasts. Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation thanks Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for supporting this project.”

“In its second year, our 25 in 25 Grant Program is our way of celebrating the volunteers and organizations that have contributed to our shared mission of building clean and beautiful communities,” explained Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “We are honored to support the efforts of such a diverse group of environmental and community stewards as they work to make their communities clean and beautiful.”

Grants were awarded in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, McKean, Northampton, Philadelphia, Potter and York counties. For a complete list of awardees and project descriptions, go to https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/GrantsAwards/25in25.aspx.   

This project was funded by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 25 in 25 Grant Program with partial support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 121 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.