Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces 2018 Environmental Beautification Grant Recipients

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) together with Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced 2018 Environmental Beautification Grant recipients totaling up to $20,000 to seven KOB affiliates. 

"Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is thankful to our sponsoring agency DEQ for making these grants possible to our affiliate network,” Jeanette Nance, Executive Director, KOB said. “We appreciate the good works of our partnering communities and the ability to fund such worthwhile projects is key to keeping Oklahoma a beautiful, healthy, sustainable place to live and thrive."

KOB Environmental Beautification grants are awarded through an application process open to KOB affiliates who propose environmental beatification projects to be completed within six months. 

Up With Trees partnering with Habitat for Humanity will plant two trees for every Habitat for Humanity home built in Tulsa. 

“Through this partnership [with Habitat for Humanity], Up With Trees will plant two trees on the property with the help of the homeowner,” said Julie Etchison, Development Director, Up With Trees. “The homeowner will also receive education on how to properly care for their trees as well as a Tree Maintenance Kit containing a bucket for watering, gloves and tree care guidelines to ensure they have adequate tools to maintain their trees.”

Up With Trees received a second grant to plant and maintain 7 trees in downtown Tulsa. 

Keep Enid Beautiful will utilize their grant to stabilize shoreline prior to the installation of new ADA compliant sidewalks and a fishing pier at Meadowlark Park.

Earth Rebirth plans to retrofit a class C mobile camper into a mobile office, education and example of sustainability. 

“This mobile office will become the primary office space of Earth Rebirth in 2018 and 2019 as we reach schools, teachers and families all over Oklahoma,” Andrew Sartain, Founder and President, Earth Rebirth said. “Earth Rebirth is also in the process of filming and producing a feature-length documentary of which this mobile office will be the primary form of transportation throughout many of the experiences in 2018-2019.”

Pride in McAlester will use their grant funds to partner with McAlester Area Community Gardens to continue the development of the McAlester Community Garden, built in 2013. 

Okeene Historic Preservation Group will use their grants to turn a 2,500 square foot vacant lot into a community garden. 

“The effect and impact of this Community Garden Project will be recycling waste into compost, an opportunity for children to learn about recycling, where food comes from and the work it takes to produce it, and a source of fresh produce for the local food pantry,” MaryJac Rauh, Manager, Okeene Historic Preservation Group said. “The school cafeteria and the local grocery store have waste produce that can be recycled into rich compost material for the garden.”

KOB currently has grants available for any Oklahoma organization interested in participating in the Great American Cleanup thanks to the generous donation from Oklahoma Gas and Electric,  and P&K Equipment. For more information or to apply for these grants visit www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com