Community Beautification Grant News

The Office of Community Beautification (OCB) serves as a resource for the enhancement of the City of Los Angeles.  OCB programs are designed to support neighborhoods and community groups.  By utilizing OCB services, participants improve their environment while building partnerships within the City of Los Angeles.

Project Orange Thumb Grant

Do you have a green thumb and want to start a garden in your area?  If yes, apply for a Project Orange Thumb Grant which is provided by Fiskars Brands, Inc.  Fiskars will be awarding 10 winners with $5,000 in cash and tools to create a new garden and one lucky winner will receive a Complete Garden Makeover in which Fiskars’ representatives will help with the installation of a garden.

The last date to apply for the grant is December 5, 2011.  Start now and write a winning application.

Youth Services America Offers Grants
Youth Services America (YSA), with over $350,000 in funds to award, is now accepting applications for its three grant programs.  All these projects shall launch on MLK Day (January 16, 2012) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). The grant programs are:

UnitedHealth HEROES Service-Learning Grants
Application Deadline: October 23, 2011
Grant Info: UnitedHealthCare, in partnership with YSA, is offering grants of $500 or $1,000 to support youth programs that fight childhood obesity.

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants
Application Deadline: November 9, 2011
Grant Info: State Farm, in partnership with YSA, is offering grants of up to $1,000 to educators in K-12 public schools that promotes service-learning in youth where youth learn about academic achievement, workplace readiness and community involvment.

MLK Day Lead Organizers
Application Deadline: November 18, 2011
Grant Info:  Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in partnership with YSA, is offering $4,000 grant to 16 Lead Organizers in support of their community event on MLK Day of Service, January 16, 2012.

Please click here for more information on Youth Service America and/or to access the grant applications.
TBD- Free One-Day Beautification Workshop
Hosted by Keep Los Angeles Beautiful

We thank those who have RSVP’ed and stated they were interested in the One-Day Beautification workshop that was tentatively planned for the end of this year.  Keep Los Angeles Beautiful (KLAB), the organization that is hosting the event, is currently undergoing new management and creating bylaws to make it an “official” organization.  As such, the Beaufication Workshop will be postponed until further notice.

Free Supplies for Your Event Day

Keep America Beautiful and its partners have donated many supplies to our department that is still sitting in our warehouse. Our supplies include plates, plastic and paper cups, soil, bottles of water, etc. We would like to share it with those organizations who are working on their grant project or planning a community clean-up event.

To request for supplies, please email the request form, two-weeks in advance, to  All we ask is that you pick it up from our warehouse.

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