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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Grants Available for Community Beautification
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is accepting grant proposals for community programs that will improve local environments through litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction.

The ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention will grant competitive awards up to $2,000 to support litter clean-up activities that involve the work of volunteers. Last year, ODNR's 66 grant awards totaled $141,890 and generated more than $1 million worth of local volunteer hours, $132,852 worth of goods and services and more than $52,000 in private contributions.

The projects funded through this grant program must take place during March, April or May of 2010, and grant recipients are to incorporate Keep Ohio Beautiful Month programming into their community awareness and promotional activities.

Last year's clean-ups collected more than 65,000 bags of litter from 4,000 miles of Ohio streets, alleys and highways. Statewide, as many as 36,000 volunteers participated in neighborhood and roadside clean ups.

Funding for the ODNR Litter Clean-Up Grant program comes from tipping fees, which are levied upon waste received at waste processing facilities. In this case, the facilities are construction and demolition debris landfills. No cash match is required, but the grants allow local entities to leverage additional funds for the projects. Financial or in-kind contributions are encouraged.

For additional information about the grant program, contact the ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention at 614-265-6333 or visit www.ohiodnr.com/recycling.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.
Contact:
Marti Kolb, Recycling & Litter Prevention 614. 265. 6376, Beth Ruth, ODNR Media Relations 614. 265. 6860

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