Submissions close: October 1, 2017 11:59 PM

You may find it easier to type your application into Microsoft Word and cut/paste the contents into SurveyMonkey upon completion.  This document should not exceed six pages.
 

Keep America Beautiful is the iconic national nonprofit organization that inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.  We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

Keep America Beautiful invites you to compete for national recognition by applying for a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate National Award.  Honor your affiliate and its volunteers for their efforts to create a more beautiful, cleaner, and improved environment. Your affiliate’s program activities in beautification and community greening, litter prevention and community revitalization, recycling and waste reduction, and environmental education will be taken into account by our judges.  In addition, the judges will consider your use of Keep America Beautiful programs and/or resources, e.g., Great American Cleanup, America Recycles Day, Waste in Place, etc.

Population Categories:
1-    Under 30,000
2 -   30,001 to 100,000
3-    100,001 to 250,000
4-    250,001+
 
Judging: Winners will be selected by a volunteer panel of current and past affiliates and Keep America Beautiful leaders, and when applicable Keep America Beautiful National Staff.  Award winners may not be selected in every category.  Applications from affiliates who are not in Good Standing with Keep America Beautiful will not be considered.  Judges may request additional materials.  All winners will be notified by Dec. 1, 2017.  Awards are presented at Keep America Beautiful's Annual National Conference January 17-19, 2018 in Dallas, TX.

Sustained Excellence and Award of Excellence:

The Affiliate Sustained Excellence Award recognizes outstanding awards competition for three consecutive years. For 2017, Sustained Excellence will be based on an affiliate receiving a First, Second, or Distinguished Service Citation in 2015 and scoring 90 or above on the 2016 and 2017 applications.
 
Keep America Beautiful will recognize all applicants scoring 90 points or above (out of a possible 100 points) in 2017 with the Affiliate Award of Excellence.

* 1. Population:

* 2. Nominee:

* 3. How should name appear on award, if selected?

* 4. Organizational Structure (5 points): Describe your affiliate: include affiliate's mission statement; organizational type, e.g., government or nonprofit; demographics, e.g., population served; and any other information about your community and/or organizational structure to provide an introduction to your affiliate.

* 5. End Littering (20 points): Describe the litter conditions in your affiliate service area. What is your Community Appearance Index score? Have you seen changes in the score over the last 3 years? Describe behavior strategies used by the affiliate to target specific behaviors related to littering  e.g., written expectations (ordinances/policies); rewards and penalties (enforcement and incentives); infrastructure (tools and technology) and/or persuasion (e.g. education, prompts, communication).  Describe affiliate behavior change programs implemented to promote litter prevention and change people’s attitudes and behaviors about littering? What Keep America Beautiful Programs and/or resources have you used and how? Describe the sustainability of your initiatives over the last one to three years.

* 6. Beautify Communities (20 points):  Describe the overall appearance of your affiliate in regard to beautification including planting and/or maintenance, education, blight, and graffiti prevention.  Are there any measurements for beautification?  For example, tree canopy or tree inventory.  What behavior strategies, e.g., written expectations (ordinances/policies); rewards and penalties (enforcement and incentives); infrastructure (tools and technology) and/or persuasion (e.g. education, prompts, communication) has your affiliate used to improve, beautify and/or preserve the visual aspects of your community?  What Keep America Beautiful programs and/or resources have you used and how?  Describe the sustainability of your initiatives over the last one to three years.

* 7. Improve Recycling (20 points): Describe recycling and/or waste reduction in your community. Are there any measurements for recycling? For example, what is the recycling rate or diversion rate and has it changed, include relevant statistics. What behavior strategies, e.g., written expectations (ordinances/policies); rewards and penalties (enforcement and incentives); infrastructure (tools and technology) and/or persuasion (e.g. education, prompts, communication) has your affiliate implemented to minimize the impact of waste, increase recycling, and/or promote responsible waste handling? What Keep America Beautiful programs and/or resources have you used and how? Describe the sustainability of your initiatives over the last one to three years.

* 8. Community Engagement and Leveraging Resources (20 points):  Describe volunteer involvement and the number of volunteer hours donated.  What is your affiliate’s Annual Cost-Benefit Analysis including the total benefits and total government costs?  Describe how your affiliate is funded, including budget, any government dollars, matching grants or private foundation money, and in-kind donations.  Describe your affiliate’s organizational structure, e.g., nonprofit, government organization or both.  Describe involvement with community partners, e.g., businesses, schools, government agencies, and individuals.  Indicate the number of affiliate staff and whether they are volunteer or paid full or part-time.

* 9. Recognition Programs (10 points):  Describe how your affiliate publicly recognizes volunteers, groups, and businesses through awards and other positive reinforcement. Have you nominated volunteers or partners for Keep America Beautiful National Awards?

* 10. Summation (5 points):  Provide two to three  sentences summarizing your affiliate’s program activities in beautification and community greening, litter prevention and community revitalization, recycling and waste reduction, and environmental education, and how those efforts have made your community a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live.

* 11. Supplemental Materials:

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File may contain up to three pieces to substantiate the written responses.

Files that are not clearly named: AWARD CATEGORY and NOMINEE will not be considered.

Materials must be 2 MB and may include:
  • Photos (that illustrate engagement or impact). PLEASE NOTE: photo collages will not be accepted.
  • Press clips.
Please indicate in the comment box whether you chose to include supplemental materials in your application:

* 12. Highest elected official (contact to be notified upon receipt of award):

* 13. Administrator/Manager (contact to be notified upon receipt of award):

* 14. Are you a Florida DOT Grant recipient who would like to receive a confirmation of your submission to the KAB National Awards program?

* 15. Keep America Beautiful reserves the right to use, reproduce, edit, or publish the submitted information. By submission of this form, you agree that Keep America Beautiful has the right to use any portion of your entry, name, and likeness. 

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