Motivated by the need caused by devastation from natural and environmental disasters, Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, launched the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund.
The fund, which is managed and administered by Keep America Beautiful, provides financial aid, technical support, in-kind donations and other resources to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and other community partners whose communities and residents are living with widespread devastation in the aftermath of natural disasters.
The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. Funds will help improve resiliency physically — as green infrastructure — and socially — to build community. Longer term, the fund will offer other communities financial means, technical support and resources to renovate and rebuild public spaces after natural disasters or other unanticipated events or before they occur to improve physical resilience.
Grant recipients have replaced lost trees and vegetation with heartier, hurricane resistant species to withstand future damage. For example, Keep Indian River Beautiful (Florida) chose sand dune plants that have a higher salt tolerance and typically deeper root systems so future storms will have a lessened impact on their beach. Keep Palm Beach Beautiful (Florida) replaced lost oak tree canopy that provides cover and shade for a wide variety of coastal species of birds and mammals. Keep Alachua County Beautiful used a grant to rectify damages from Hurricane Irma to restore local cemeteries. The debris collected was transported to the biomass facility in Gainesville, Florida, where it was converted into energy, mulch and soil products to serve Gainesville and Alachua County.
For generations, Keep America Beautiful and its affiliates have supported critical public space restoration projects that help remedy property damaged or destroyed by natural disasters.
To apply for a Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund grant, click here.
To make a donation to the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund, click here.