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Keep Iowa Beautiful Announces Beautification Grants

DES MOINES - Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has announced $80,000 in grants for the 2014 Community Beautification program. This is the fourth year of the grant program that provides a major boost for community beautification and enhancement in communities of 5,000 and under.

"These dollars are helping build stronger communities by improving the economic vitality and cultural climate of our Iowa communities," said Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB. "In the four year history of the Beautification Grant Program $320,000 has been awarded to over 70 communities in Iowa," he added.

"We are pleased that Governor Branstad has designated April as Keep Iowa Beautiful Month," said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp. "The DNR is committed to helping Iowans build vibrant and beautiful communities."

Funding and reimbursement is available for expenses incurred only after July 1, 2014 and the project must be completed by June 30, 2015. Funding is authorized by the Iowa Legislature from the Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP).


City/Organization; Project; Grant Amount

Center Point/ City of ; City entrance sign; $5,000

Elkader/ City of; Founders' Park; $2,652

Fonda/ Hometown Pride; Straight Park Improvement; $4,925

Guthrie Center/ Dora Taylor Community Trust; sign project; $3,500

Guthrie Center/ City of; Trash receptacles; $3,893

Keokuk County/ Keokuk Co. Historical Society; Sigourney Town Square Park; $5,000

Keosauqua/ City of; Imagine Zero Waste in Our City Park; $3,969

Missouri Valley/ City of; Second Street Pocket Park; $5,000

Montrose/ Montrose Riverfront, Inc.; A pictorial timeline in murals; $4,653

North English/ City of; Neighbor helping neighbor; $5,000

Peosta/ Northeast Community College; Lawn-to-prairie conversion; $4,600

Prairie City/ City of; North entryway beautification project ; $5,000

Rockwell City/ Rockwell Chamber & Development; Opportunity Garden's; $5,000

Schaller/ City Visioning Committee ; Historic fire bell plaza; $5,000

Shellsburg/Area Community Group; Shellsburg Prairie Forest Trail; $4,950

Steamboat Rock/ Steamboat Visionary Group; Washington Square Park; $5,000

Story City/ Story City Chamber; Railroad Park; $5,000

Villisca/City of; Lovers' Lane Trail extension; $1,858

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About Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Co-Founders Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowan's to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. For additional information, visit

Gerald F. Schnepf
Executive Director




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