Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful announces the availability of school beautification grants for fall 2019. The committee for Beautification and Community Greening has established mini-grants in celebration of National Planting Day. Beautification grants may range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $500.

Public and private schools in the Dalton and Whitfield County area are invited to apply for funding that can help implement a project related to planting native plants. A school club, a single classroom, whole grade level or the entire school may organize a project and apply for a grant.

National Planting Day is celebrated annually by Keep America Beautiful on Sept. 10 to encourage volunteers to plant native species, restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is making these grants available to improve the visual aspects of the community through projects that beautify and clean the environment.

Knowing that children play a very important part in making this happen we want them to reap the benefits by participating in a school project. Beautification projects include establishing or supporting a school garden, planting flowers in an outdoor space or using plants for educational purposes.

Grant applications must be submitted no later than Sept. 16 at www.keepdaltonwhitfieldbeautiful.org using the form on the beautification grant application page. Previous projects can be seen on the school beautification projects page.

For questions regarding the form or any aspects of a proposed project, call executive director Amy Hartline at (706) 278-5001. Grant winners will be announced Sept. 23. Projects must be completed by Dec. 2 and a project summary and photos are to be submitted by Dec. 27.

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