Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) announced today it has received a $325,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to continue community greening.
KIB is a private, nonprofit organization bringing people together to “build community and transform public spaces” through programs involving youth employment, urban forestry, volunteer engagement, education, and community beautification. In 2011, KIB worked with over 46,000 volunteers on more than 600 projects.
The grant will make KIB capable of extending its mission within six major program areas: IPL Project GreenSpace, KIB Clubs, NeighborWoods, Youth Tree Team, Great Indy Clean Up and Adopt-a-Block.
Each of the programs offers its own unique focus on guidance and assistance in improving the local environment. Volunteers will participate in planting trees, creating gardens, enhancing greenspaces and eliminating litter among other actions while connecting community members with their neighbors and encouraging investment in their neighborhoods.
KIB Clubs is their youth program, which offers hands-on environmental learning with instilling the understanding of conservation and an appreciation for our natural habitat in mind. Trained teachers within 12 schools will work with kids regularly on projects.