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Keep Charlotte Beautiful: Beautification Grant
KCB received an unprecedented 34 applications during the 2014 grant cycle! Winners are announced below.
Check back for announcements on the 2015 Beautification Grant application period.

The KCB board members select a neighborhood, nonprofit or school to participate in the beautification grant program through a competitive scoring process. This program was created to fund small beautification projects that enhance the quality of life in Charlotte neighborhoods. There is no cost to participate, however, it is necessary for grantees to volunteer and maintain the project after completion. Any neighborhood, homeowner association, nonprofit or school in the City of Charlotte is eligible to apply.

Any beautification project that will make a long lasting or permanent impact to a neighborhood is eligible. Some examples of acceptable projects include, but are not limited to: tree planting, neighborhood entrance signs, landscaping, public art installation, neighborhood park improvements and community gardens. 

A maximum amount of $5,000 is awarded each year.  

Congratulations to our 2014 Beautification Grant Winners!

  •  Ben Salem Presbyterian Church Community Garden: This garden will be built, maintained, and harvested in collaboration with East Mecklenburg High School, the Independence Regional Library, Parkwood East Apartments, Wallace Woods Apartments, and CASCADE Services Community Choices, Inc.
  • Wilmore Neighborhood Association Edible Walkway:  The walkway will be at the intersection of Mint Street and Kingston Avenue. An old chain link fence will be replaced by a shorter wooden fence that will be surrounded by fruit bearing bushes and trees. This project will be in collaboration with the Calvary United Methodist Church.  

Past Projects

2013: Piedmont Middle School-Schoolyard Habitat Classroom and Beautification Art Project

  • Piedmont IB Middle School received a grant for $2,500 to create the “Schoolyard Habitat Classroom and Beautification Art Project”.  The grant supported Phase II of an existing project. Phase I was completed two years ago, which included planted flowers, rose bushes and shrubs along East 10th Street. Work was completed in October 2013.

 2013: Commonwealth Park Form Problems to Park

  • The Commonwealth Park community worked with city staff and CMPD to petition for demolition of three derelict buildings, including the Charlotte Inn Motel, a significant source of criminal behavior. Once the buildings are demolished (December 2013 Demolition Date) the land will be converted to public space. The grant funds will allow the Commonwealth Park Neighborhood Association to beautify the space by installing signage, benches and landscaping to make the space an attractive place for neighbors to gather while deterring the kinds of criminal activity that have plagued this area for years.

Thanks to the Waste Management/Keep America Beautiful Think Green Grant, additional funds have been granted to both Piedmont Middle School and Commonwealth Park. Click here for more information.

2012: Cannonbridge Subdivision

  • The project included beautifying the neighborhood entranceway by adding plants and bushes to the area. Lowe’s will be providing materials at a discounted cost.

2012: Coulwood Community 

  • The project included the development of a community garden nature park and a butterfly and bird sanctuary. The new park accommodates disabled residents and children.

2011: Madison Park Neighborhood

  • Re-established an overgrown community rose garden on the grounds of Pinewood Elementary School. Improvements to the garden included removing weeds that had grown throughout the garden, planting more rose bushes, creation of a path from the sidewalk through the garden, and placing a marker that honors where the previous Pinewood Elementary School stood.