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Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA)

Awards to Texas Communities in Recognition of
Beautification Efforts and Environmental Achievements

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Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Deadline Date:

02/20/20 5:00 PM CT


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Awards to Texas communities for beautification and environmental achievement. Award recipients are recognized for exceptional efforts in the areas of Public Awareness, Community Improvement and Beautification, Environmental Education, Community Leadership and Coordination, Litter Prevention and Cleanup, Solid Waste Management, and Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement. Awards are intended to be used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way.

Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), awards the Governor's Community Achievement Awards to Texas communities for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their communities beautiful. 

First-place winners: Landscape Awards

Ten first-place winning communities will receive the revered Governor’s Community Achievement Award, entitling each to its population category’s share of $2 million in landscaping funds. Specific locations of landscape projects will be determined in consultation between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the winning community. Highway landscape projects will be designed, funded and contracted by TxDOT at approved sites on the existing state highway system.

Awards of Excellence and Sustained Excellence:

Judges will recognize all applicants scoring 90 points or above with the Award of Excellence. This prestigious award distinguishes these communities throughout Texas for their outstanding achievements in protecting and enhancing their local environment, exemplifying their efforts as the standard of environmental excellence for communities nationwide.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184922

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Landscaping Award Amount by Population:

- Category 1 - 3,000: $90,000
- Category 2 - 3,001 - 5,500: $110,000
- Category 3 - 5,501 - 9,000: $130,000
- Category 4 - 9,001 - 15,000: $160,000
- Category 5 - 15,001 - 25,000: $180,000
- Category 6 - 25,001 - 40,000: $210,000
- Category 7 - 40,001 - 65,000: $250,000
- Category 8 - 65,001 - 90,000: $270,000
- Category 9 - 90,001 - 180,000: $290,000
- Category 10 - Over 180,000: $310,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Texas communities* are eligible to apply. A program may consist of more than one community, but one community may not have more than one GCAA entry. If cities and counties apply as separate communities, shared program information may not be duplicated.

*Community: A community is defined as a region or regions with shared or adjoining boundaries whose beautification and litter abatement programs are administered by common groups within that community’s geographic boundaries (i.e. local affiliates, city departments, garden clubs, schools, organizations etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

The GCAA awards applications will open on Thursday, January 2, 2020 and close on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5 pm CST.

There is an application fee of $25.

Applications are to be submitted through the Awards Portal.

All award winners will be recognized at the annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference held June 15-17, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

For questions or more information, contact Keep Texas Beautiful.


Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact:

Keep Texas Beautiful
8850 Business Park Drive
Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759

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