Keep Charlotte Beautiful

KCB Offers $5,000 Beautification Grant Opportunity, submit your ideas by December 4th!

Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) is accepting Letters of Intent for its Beautification Grant, which provides organizations up to $5,000 for beautification projects.  Letters of Intent from interested groups must include the following:

  • Project description in 250 words or less
  • Project location, amount requesting, tentative date when the project will take place, and entities involved  
  • Why the group is applying for this grant
  • How this project will enhance applicant's community

Applicants can select from a menu of eligible projects that support to the core values of Keep Charlotte Beautiful:

 Eligible Projects

Clean-Your-Block Parties that promote litter removal & prevention

Grant funds may include: branded safety vests, t-shirts, temporary signage, gloves, tools/tool rental and marketing efforts. Clean-up supplies including litter sticks, trash and recycling bags and safety vests are available upon request through Keep Charlotte Beautiful.

Competitions and educational campaigns, decorative trash cans and recycling bins, pet waste stations, cigarette butt boxes and other innovative methods to improve collection of waste and recycling.

Grant funds may include: program supplies, signage, bins, design fees and installation. 

Art and enhancements to beautify spaces & places- decorative elements may include sculpture, painted pavement, murals, mosaics, decorative signal cabinet wraps, seating & benches.  Façade improvements may include help your neighbor campaigns to manage lawns, landscaping and minor exterior home repairs, painting and other enhancements.  

Grant funds may include: design fees, supplies and installation.

Community gardens, hydroponic gardens, street plantings, moveable planters or hanging baskets, trees, shrubs and other landscaping to promote bees, butterflies and other species, food production and clean air.

Grant funds may include: gardening tools/tool rental, design, signage, decorative elements including planter boxes and benches, potting soil and perennial plants.

Must include at least 50% native plant species. 

Neighborhood or merchant organizations, non-profit organizations and/or individuals within the City of Charlotte are eligible to apply.

Projects and proposals are subject to applicable approval processes through Keep Charlotte Beautiful and the City of Charlotte. When applicable, written property owner permission is required. Grant funded activities must be completed by June 1st, 2018.

Applicants may request up to $150 for food and/or non-alcoholic beverages, when incorporated as a meaningful component of the proposed project.  

To apply, complete this Letter of Intent Form by Monday, December 4th, 5:00 p.m. 

KCB Board Members will review all the Letters of Intent and select finalists who will be invited to submit a formal grant application.  They will use a competitive scoring process to select a grant recipient in accordance with these scoring criteria. 


Scoring Criteria
Possible Points
Project Impact & Need
25 Points
Project Design
25 Points
Level of Participation & Community Involvement
10 Points
Project Budget
20 Points
Sustainability with ongoing costs or maintenance needs
15 Points
Adopt-a-City Street Participation*  
5 Points
Total Possible Points
100 Points


Pre-Application Workshop:

November 2, 6 -7 p.m., Old City Hall (600 E. Trade St.)
Please visit our Neighborhood Training Programs and Resources page to register for this session


If you have questions please call 704-353-1235 or e-mail

Project by Keep Charlotte Beautiful​ ​​