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Keep America Beautiful receives $1 million grant

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) received a $1 million donation from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) to support the national nonprofit’s mission to build and sustain vibrant communities. This is Lowe’s second $1 million contribution to Keep America Beautiful to engage volunteers to take action to benefit local communities across the country.

The Lowe’s Community Partners grant will support more than 100 community improvement initiatives in 2013, ranging from creating community gardens and augmenting recycling programs to planting trees and leading disaster restoration projects.

The national nonprofit will directly solicit its affiliates for grant applications beginning in February.

The grant encourages KAB affiliates to engage with their local Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide volunteer initiative that offers Lowe’s employees the opportunity to work on projects in their own community, thereby furthering KAB’s mission of making communities cleaner, greener and safer places to live, work and play.

“Last year was our first year working with Keep America Beautiful, and we’ve learned a lot about our shared passion for making communities clean, green and safe,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “The projects completed in 2012 by our Lowe’s Heroes and Keep America Beautiful volunteers will have a lasting impact on communities across the country for years to come. We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work with KAB in 2013.”

Highlights of projects from the 2012 grant cycle included:

  • Keep America Beautiful - Topeka and Shawnee County used its Lowe’s grant to replant, re-paint, rebuild and renew Harveyville after a tornado devastated the Kansas community in 2011.
  • In another restoration project, the City of Arlington, Texas, worked with Keep Arlington Beautiful and more than 500 volunteers to plant 1,000 trees at residential homes struck by tornadoes.
  • The Ft. Knox Military Families Community Garden was a project inspired by the Governor’s Garden Initiative of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Lowe’s grant funded a one acre vegetable and ornamental garden that was planted in the spring of 2012 to introduce military families to edible gardening, and environmental and nutritional education.
  • Keep Columbus (Ohio) Beautiful worked with 85 Lowe’s Heroes and 600 additional volunteers to improve the storefronts of merchant properties on a 2-mile stretch of a Columbus business district. And in Houston, more than 100 Lowe’s Heroes joined Keep Houston Beautiful to create a butterfly- themed natural play area in the Alief Community Garden.