Submission closes: October 10, 2017 11:59 PM

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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 submit an application for our National Community Improvement Awards.  We encourage you to compete for national recognition by honoring your business, nonprofit organization, or government agency for a relevant program/project that has taken place within the last 12 months.  Affiliates are encouraged to nominate partners.

Awards will be offered in up to four categories.  Applicants can only enter a program/project in one category.  When entering, answer questions specific to the category in which you're applying.
  • End Littering.  (Includes cleanup, education, prevention, and community engagement related to litter and illegal dumping.)
  • Beautify Communities.  (Includes planting and/or maintenance of landscape areas, graffiti removal and education, and blight, in addition to education and community engagement related to beautification and community improvement.)
  • Improve Recycling.  (Includes events, collections, education and/or community engagement related to recycling and/or waste reduction.)
  • Overall Community Improvement. (Includes a combination of two or more of the categories listed above.)
Winners will be selected by a volunteer panel of current and past affiliate and Keep America Beautiful leaders, and when applicable Keep America Beautiful National Staff.  Based upon entries and judges’ discretion, judges may select more than one winner in each category and there may be categories in which winners are not selected.  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, Texas.

* 1. Which community improvement category are you nominating for?

* 2. Nominee:

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

* 4. Background (15 points):
  • Describe the applicant include demographics
    • Business e.g. number of employees, customers and/or service area
    • Nonprofit, e.g. number of employees, service area and budget
    • Government agency, e.g., number of employees, service area and population served
  • Briefly describe the program or project?  What was the motivation for your program/project?  
    • Program is defined as an ongoing series of events or activities carried out in the long-term, e.g., year-round school recycling, enforcement program, liberty garden.
    • Project is defined as a one-time event or activity carried out in the short-term, e.g., restoring a playground or park, litter-free event, electronic recycling drop-off.

* 5. Answer the questions below specific to the category in which you are applying.  You may only apply in one category. (20 points):

End Littering:
  • Describe the current litter and/or illegal dumping situation in your community.
  • How is litter measured?
Beautify Communities:
  • Describe the current beautification and greening situation/efforts.
  • Are there any measurements for beautification/community greening?  For example, the amount of tree canopy in your city/county or the required landscaping in an area.
Improve Recycling:
  • Describe the current recycling and waste reduction situation/efforts.
  • Is there a waste diversion and/or recycling rate goal?  If so, what is it?  Is there a mandated requirement for recycling? What are requirements for businesses, nonprofits, or institutions?
Overall Community Improvement:
  • Describe the community improvement efforts including end littering, beautification, and/or recycling initiatives.
  • Do you have measurements tools for Community Improvement (e.g. Community Appearance Index)?

* 6. Execution (30 points):  Describe your program/project using the questions below as a guide.
  • How did you get the facts about the program/project?  
  • Who was involved in planning and organizing?
  • What was included in the implementation plan?  What activities were involved?
  • What tools and technology did you use?  (e.g., did you use specific types of bins, containers, equipment, or structural changes in an area to change behavior?)
  • What were the education methods or materials used?  Did you use any specific prompts, messages, commitments, or pledges?

* 7. Community and Environmental Action (25 points):  What initiatives, programs, or activities has the nominee participated in and/or spearheaded to help their local community?  Is the nominee involved with Keep America Beautiful at the national, state, or local level?  What Keep America Beautiful Programs and/or resources were used?  Was behavior changed, e.g., less litter, more materials recycled or recycled correctly?

* 8. Summation (5 points):  Provide two to three sentences summarizing your nominee, their background, and their efforts to make their community a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live. 

* 9. Supplemental Material:

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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.

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

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

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

* 13. 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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