Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Need Tools For Your Clean-up Event?

Planning a community clean-up event in the City of Los Angeles can be easy. The Office of Community Beautification has coordinators that are assigned to different sections of the City to provide your group with the tools needed for a neighborhood-based clean-up event.

OCB has a warehouse full of hand tools that can be loaned out to organizations, including rakes, brooms, hoes, lopping shears, shovels and trash bags to help you beautify your community. These tools can be delivered to your organization or picked up from our warehouse. We request that orders be placed at least 3 weeks in advance of the event to ensure the availability of tools. Gerry Valido, one of the OCB Coordinators, suggests to have the following information ready upon placing your tool request:

  • Your group/event name.
  • Clean-up date.
  • Type of clean-up (e.g. litter pick-up, landscaping, graffiti removal).
  • Delivery/tool pickup date - OCB in most cases can deliver the tools a few days prior to the event and picks up the tools the week after.
  • Expected number of volunteers.
  • Meeting area and map of area to be cleaned.

Below are some other helpful suggestions:

  • Provide water and snacks to the volunteers before and after the event.
  • Have a first-aid kit visible and available on site.
  • Alert all volunteers to wear proper footwear on the day of the event -- no open-toed shoes.
  • Ensure there's access to restrooms.
  • Have meaningful tasks for the volunteers to do.

For more information, please call the OCB hotline at (213) 978-0228.

Monday, July 12, 2010

No Funding for New CB Grants for 2010-11

In the past, CB Grant staff would usually be distributing applications and preparing for workshops during the month of July; however with the City facing another difficult budget year, funding was not allocated to offer Community Beautification Grants for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Since funding is not available, we will not be hosting our popular grant preparation workshops, nor awarding neighborhoods new funding for beautification projects this year.

To date, the CB Grant Program has completed over 1,035 projects in partnership with community organizations. We hope that the suspension of the CB Grant program is temporary so that we can continue to make a difference in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles with this grant.

Although we can't fund projects for 2010-11, CB Grant staff will continue to support the 200+ projects that are in progress. We will also keep an eye out for opportunities that are open to the community and post them on this blog.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Grant Opportunity: NEA's Green Across America

The National Education Association (NEA), in partnership with Target, is awarding $50,000 in grants for their "Green Across America" grant program.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to educators who can inspire their students to "go green" through an activity, program, lesson or event. Applications will be scored based on the details of the activity, program, lesson or event.

The proposed plan should include the following:
1. Be creative, original and inspires students to go green .

2. A project timeline with a completion date by the 2010-11 school year.

3. Specific metrics used to measure the impact and/or effectiveness of the proposed program.

4. A budget that is cost-effective.

The deadline for online submission is July 30, 2010. Click here for the complete rules to the grant.