Every year, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) awards up to $3,000 for environmental learning projects through KDB’s Environmental Education Grant Program. Public and private schools in the City of Denton and Denton ISD are eligible to apply for funding through the Environmental Education Grant program, and the KDB Board selects the winning schools based on a number of project criteria, such as how it will encourage student participation in outdoor learning and natural resource stewardship, along with the knowledge and skills that will be gained through their project. Ultimately, the KDB Board awarded funding to seven Denton schools whose proposed projects showed significant planning and school-wide support. KDB staff and Board members have presented grant checks to these awarded schools. We can’t wait to see how their projects turn out!
Environmental Education Grant Winners
Borman Elementary School
Borman Elementary School received a $500 KDB grant to renovate an existing outdoor learning center at their school.
Denton High School
Denton High School received a grant for $500 to to renovate their courtyard area and garden beds in front of their school. The students hope it will create more outdoor learning opportunities!
Evers Park Elementary School
Evers Park Elementary School received a $500 grant to renovate their existing garden beds this spring!
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) received a $500 grant to fund a solar-powered heater for their newly constructed greenhouse. The greenhouse pictured below was previously funded through a 2016-17 KDB Grant!
McMath Middle School
McMath Middle School received a $330 grant to fund front screens and new plantings for their existing school garden beds.
Newton Rayzor Elementary School
Newton Rayzor Elementary School received a grant of just under $500 to fund new plantings and composters for their existing gardens. This grant was generously underwritten by City of Denton Watershed Protection.
Rodriguez Middle School
First-time grant recipient, Rodriguez Middle School received a $500 grant to fund a new outdoor learning area that encourages physical education outdoors.
In addition to the Environmental Education Grant Program, KDB offers grant awards to neighborhoods, nonprofits, and other community groups through the Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program. Up to $1,000 in funding is provided for improvement projects that achieve one or more of the following: improve neighborhood public spaces; beautify the community; or nurture a shared sense of neighborhood identity and community pride. The KDB Board awarded funding to three applicants for the 2017-18 program year.
Neighborhood Beautification Grant Winners:
Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village
Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village received a $1,000 grant to beautify and replace existing rose beds infected with the plant disease Rose Rosette.
Lucky Locks Beauty Bar
Lucky Locks Beauty Bar received $1,000 to fund the beautiful mural pictured below. It has been completed and can be viewed at Lucky Locks Beauty Bar on Austin St. Go check it out now!