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Community Grants

Our community grants help local communities to make their towns a more beautiful place.


Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has opened the 2023 KAB Unify & Beautify Community Grant Application to support communities and its nearly 700-member affiliate network in preventing littering, promoting recycling, and building clean, green, and beautiful neighborhoods. Through a coalition of corporate sponsors, Keep America Beautiful seeks innovative grant applications for programs that will unify communities as they implement community improvement projects. 

Keep America Beautiful encourages applicants to use this grant opportunity to leverage local resources and encourage volunteers to sign up and take action in their community. 



The grant application is designed to support the KAB Affiliate network, other nonprofit organizations, and community groups to implement programs or projects designed to build clean, green, and beautiful places for all to thrive and enjoy.  KAB is committed to fostering community diversity and unity through environmental sustainability. Funding is available independently or collectively to build strong neighborhoods within and along Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and/or prevent littering by providing litter cleanup kits to devoted individuals collecting litter in their neighborhoods and/or implementing programs to address the number one littered item in the nation:  cigarette butts.   

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to develop a comprehensive PROGRAM approach, rather than project specific project activities by leveraging the funding available through the various grant project applications contained within the grant offering.  After completing basic information (common to all the project applications), applicants will be given the option to select and apply for one or several of the community improvement programs.  

As you plan your program, please keep in mind that Keep America Beautiful requires every 2023 grant recipient to complete a status and/or final report, on or before October 16, 2023 — For more information on the program and application process, contact one of KAB Regional Directors identified below: 

For the following States contact:  Isaac Nicholson, inicholson@kab.org
Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,  Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

For the following States contact:  Jason Smith, jsmith@kab.org
Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

For the following States contact: Mallory Coffey, mcoffey@kab.org 

Delaware, Florida, South Carolina 

2023 Litter Toolkits

Available to KAB Affiliates in good standing, the cleanup toolkits provide all the resources necessary for individuals to collect and recycle littered items. Affiliates may request up to 250 kits for distribution to individuals in their community who are dedicated to collecting litter on a regular basis.

Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant

The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) is the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Funding is available to grantees to conduct a cigarette litter assessment, implement a litter prevention program, and measure program results.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Neighborhood Grant

Keep America Beautiful, provides funding for community improvement projects in and around Martin Luther King Jr. Corridors and neighborhoods. Applicants must demonstrate local engagement in identifying and implementing the projects. *If you have submitted an application for the 2022 cycle, our application is still open. This should not inhibit you from applying for the 2023 grant.*

2023 Cigarette Litter Collection Stands

Keep America Beautiful provides cigarette litter collection receptacles for the collection and recycling of cigarette litter in communities nationwide. Receptacles are awarded upon request while supplies last.

Thank you to our grant partners!