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Keep Charlotte Beautiful Beautification Grant

KCB Offers $5,000 Beautification Grant Opportunity. SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS BY JANUARY 4, 2016!

Keep Charlo​tte Beautiful (KCB) is accepting Letters of Intent for its Beautification Grant, which provides Charlotte neighborhoods, schools, and nonprofit organizations up to $5,000 for beautification projects in their communities.  Letters of Intent from interested groups must include the following:

  • Project description in 500 words or less
  • Project location, amount requesting, tentative date when the project will take place, and entities involved  
  • Why the group is applying for this grant
  • How this project will enhance applicant's community

All beautification projects contributing a lasting impact to the community and committed by neighborhood groups, schools or non-profit organizations located within the City of Charlotte are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible projects may include, but are not limited to: tree plantings, neighborhood entrance sign improvements, landscaping, wall murals, park improvements, and community gardens. 

To submit your idea for KCB's Beautification Grant:

  • Review the content that must be included in the Letter of Intent (above)
  • Submit your Letter of Intent (500 words or less) by Monday, January 4th, 5:00 p.m. to kcb@charlottenc.gov. 

KCB Board Members will review all the Letters of Intent and select finalists who will be invited to submit a formal grant application.  They will use a competitive scoring process to select a grant recipient in accordance with these scoring criteria.  

Scoring CriteriaPossible Points
Project Impact & Need25 Points
Project Design25 Points
Level of Participation & Community Involvement10 Points
Project Budget20 Points
Sustainability with ongoing costs or maintenance needs15 Points
Adopt-a-City Street Participation*  5 Points
Total Possible Points 100 Points


All grant funded activities must be able to be completed by June 1, 2016.

* Five (5) points will be provided to grant applicants who have adopted, or who agree to adopt a City street through KCB's Adopt-a-City-Street ProgramClick here for program details. 

If you have questions please call 704-353-1235 or e-mail kcb@charlottenc.gov.


Congratulations to our previous Beautification Grant recipients!

015 Grant Recipients

Madison Park Neighborhood Association – Madison Central Park Beautification Shade Project  

College Downs Community Association – Making the Old New Again ​

2014 Grant Recipients

Ben Salem Presbyterian Church Community Garden
This garden was 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, which is at the intersection of Mint Street and Kingston Avenue, replaced an old chain link fence with a wooden fence surrounded by fruit-bearing bushes and trees. This project was in collaboration with Calvary United Methodist Church. 

2013 Grant Recipients

Piedmont Middle School Schoolyard Habitat Classroom and Beautification Art Project
Piedmont IB Middle School received a $2,500 grant to support Phase II of its Schoolyard Habitat Classroom and Beautification Art Project.  Phase I, which was completed several years prior, included planted flowers, rose bushes and shrubs along East 10th Street. 


Commonwealth Park: From Problems to Park
The Commonwealth Park community worked with City staff and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to petition for demolition of three derelict buildings, including the Charlotte Inn Motel, a significant source of criminal behavior. The Beautification Grant funds allowed the Commonwealth Park Neighborhood Association to beautify the new public 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 were granted to both Piedmont Middle School and Commonwealth Park.