Submission closes: October 10, 2017 11:59 PM

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Keep America Beautiful, the nation's iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, 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 honoring your affiliate, business, nonprofit organization, or government agency. You may submit your Keep America Beautiful Program implementation that has taken place in the last 12 months. Applicants may not enter the same application for both Keep America Beautiful Programs and National Community Improvement Awards.

Winners will be selected by a volunteer panel of current and past affiliates, Keep America Beautiful leaders, and, when applicable, Keep America Beautiful National Staff. Based upon entries and judges discretion, judges may select up to two winners for Overall Implementation and Impact for each program. Award winners may not be selected in every category. 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 Jan. 17-19, 2018, in Dallas, Texas.

* 1. Which Keep America Beautiful Program are you entering?

* 2. Nominee

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

* 4. Background (20 points):
  • Describe the applicant: include demographics about your affiliate (e.g. organization type and population size), business (e.g. number of employees), nonprofit (e.g. service area, population served and budget) or government agency (e.g. population served).
  • Describe the Keep America Beautiful Program implementation. What was the motivation for your Keep America Beautiful Program implementation?  Describe whether this was a one-time event, activity, or implementation; or if it was an ongoing series of events or activities.

* 5. Program Execution (20 points):
  • How did you get the facts about the Program/Project? Who was involved in planning and organizing?
  • How did you involve others? (e.g. community leaders, businesses, and/or civic/nonprofit organizations)
  • What was included in the implementation plan? What activities were involved?
  • What technologies did you use? (e.g. specific types of bins, containers, equipment, or structural changes in an area to change behavior)
  • What were the persuasion plans?  Did you use any specific prompts, messages, commitments, or pledges? Did you use Keep America Beautiful educational materials? (e.g. Waste in Place or Youth Leader Guide or materials from Keep America Beautiful websites)

* 6. Results: Describe your Outputs (25 points):
Outputs are often described in numbers; outputs are measurable and easily determined. For example, your ARD event at the local elementary school yielded 200 pounds of recyclables.
  • Who did your program/project reach? How? Describe the volunteers, number of volunteer hours, etc.
  • What was your budget and how was it funded?  Include any in-kind donations, goods, or services you received.
  • What recognition did your program/project receive or give to volunteers?

* 7. Impact: Describe your Outcomes (25 points):

An outcome is the beneficial effect your program/project produces on the people or issues your program/project serves. An outcome is a change that occurred because of your program/project. Outcomes are the difference made by outputs. Keep in mind that outcomes might be in the future. 

For example, your ARD event at the local elementary school educated students about how to recycle correctly and, in turn, they have brought that knowledge home and are now teaching their parents to recycle correctly.
  • What community benefits did your program/project achieve through Keep America Beautiful Program implementation?
  • Describe the lasting impacts of your program implementation. Consider Economic or Social Impacts.

* 8. Summation (5 points):  Provide two to three sentences summarizing your ARD, CLPP or GAC activities, and explain how the Keep America Beautiful Program implementation has made your community a cleaner, greener and 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 (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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