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Community Grant Program

Grants to Durham, North Carolina Organizations, Businesses,
and Individuals for Beautification and Environmental Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB)

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Grants of up to $500 to Durham, North Carolina nonprofit organizations, businesses, garden clubs, schools, teachers, and residents for volunteer-based environmental and beautification projects. Funding is intended for activities such as litter cleanup and prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and community greening. The work of the project must be performed by volunteers and, where applicable, there must be a method for sustaining the project after the grant money has been used.

Projects will need to meet one of more of the following criteria. While projects are not expected to meet all criteria, those that can demonstrate alignment with multiple criteria will receive preference in the selection process.

- Impact: Impact of the project on the community (e.g., number of people affected)
- Community involvement: Volunteer participation
- Partnerships: Involvement of local businesses, organizations and other partners to assist in designing, executing and promoting the project
- Environmental sustainability: Sound environmental stewardship principles including native landscaping, re-used and recycled materials, etc.
- Innovation: Creative solution to a community challenge
- Community building: Project brings the community together and involves input at various phases from conception to execution to long-term maintenance
-Project maintenance: Provide a plan demonstrating project continuance beyond the duration of the grant period
- Uniqueness: Utilizes local artists or artisans, references local history or culture, uses local materials, utilizes creative solutions, etc.
-Matching: Involvement of local businesses, organizations, other partners, donors, to assist in matching grant funds through monetary or in-kind donations

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177141

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to $500.

Term of Contract:

The project should be implemented in March - July for the January 31 deadline. The project should be implemented in September - January for the July 31 deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Residents, teachers, schools, community organizations, garden clubs, and businesses in Durham, North Carolina that need help covering costs for projects or activities focused on litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, beautification, and community greening, are welcome to apply.

KDB funds may not be used for:
-Expenditures not approved in project budget
-Hiring private contractors or paid labor
-Food and beverage costs
-Operating expenses (i.e. utilities, routine/ongoing maintenance)

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for applying for grants are January 31st for spring/summer grants and July 31st for fall/winter grants. You can apply for a grant by applying online, or by requesting a printed copy of the form from Keep Durham Beautiful. The application will be sent to you and you can return the answers via mail or bring them into the office.

Grant Timelines
Application Deadline - January 31st
Funding Decision - Mid-March
Contract/Agreement - Mid-March
Implement Project - March-July
Grant Report Due - August 31st

Fall Winter:
Application Deadline - July 31st
Funding Decision - Mid-September
Contract/Agreement - Mid-September
Implement Project - September-January
Grant Report Due - February 31st

Grant funds are provided as a reimbursement check upon submission of required materials.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions or further information, please contact the office at:

Or email to request an application.

Mail or deliver completed applications to:
2011 Fay Street
Durham, NC, 27704

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Durham