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Keep America Beautiful Receives $1 Million Grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
National Nonprofit to Support More than 100 Community Improvement Initiatives
STAMFORD, Conn. (Jan. 30, 2013) — Keep America Beautiful (KAB) today announced a $1 million donation from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) to support the national nonprofit’s mission to build and sustain vibrant communities. This is Lowe’s second $1 million contribution to Keep America Beautiful to engage volunteers to take action to benefit local communities across the country.
The Lowe’s Community Partners grant will support more than 100 community improvement initiatives in 2013, ranging from creating community gardens and augmenting recycling programs to planting trees and leading disaster restoration projects.
The national nonprofit will directly solicit its affiliates for grant applications beginning in February.
“The cumulative impact of this Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant Program continues to be remarkable. Our intent is to ensure that all selected projects help to create vibrant communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound,” said Matt McKenna, president and chief executive officer of Keep America Beautiful. “Together with our strong national network of affiliates and partners, we will continue to work hand-in-hand with their local Lowe’s Heroes and Lowe’s store managers to make a real difference in communities across the country."
The grant encourages KAB affiliates to engage with their local Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide volunteer initiative that offers Lowe’s employees the opportunity to work on projects in their own community, thereby furthering KAB’s mission of making communities cleaner, greener and safer places to live, work and play.
“Last year was our first year working with Keep America Beautiful, and we’ve learned a lot about our shared passion for making communities clean, green and safe,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “The projects completed in 2012 by our Lowe’s Heroes and Keep America Beautiful volunteers will have a lasting impact on communities across the country for years to come. We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work with KAB in 2013.”
Highlights of projects from the 2012 grant cycle included:
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