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Community Grant Program

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

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Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB)

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Grants of up to $500 to Durham, North Carolina residents, schools, community organizations, businesses, and garden clubs 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. Projects are not expected to meet all criteria, but the more criteria covered by the program, the more favorably it will be viewed.

  • 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:

The community grant program provides $500.

Term of Contract:

- The January 31 deadline is for projects implemented in March - July.
- The July 31 deadline is for projects implemented in September - January.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
Residents, community organizations, schools, garden clubs, and businesses in Durham that need help covering costs for projects or activities focused on litter prevention, recycling & waste reduction, beautification & 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:

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

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

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 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:

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

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