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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful earns $7,300 grant for multiple programs

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PHOTO #1: About 160 volunteers attended the Silver City neighborhood cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful on March 5. Community members collected 67 tons of brush and bulky trash and 215 tires at 41 residences during the cleanup.

PHOTO #2: Keep Victoria Beautiful received a grant in 2021 from Keep Texas Beautiful to fund the replanting of flowerbeds at 700 Main Center.

PHOTO #3: Keep Victoria Beautiful received a grant in 2021 to help restore The Texas Zoo’s butterfly garden.

Flowerbed with a tree, shrubbery and new red mulch outside the Utility Billing OfficeKeep Victoria Beautiful will be able to expand its efforts to beautify the city and boost community pride thanks to a $7,300 grant from H-E-B’s Community Investment Program

Since Keep Victoria Beautiful’s revival in 2020, the City-affiliated nonprofit has begun hosting regular community cleanups and launched the Business Beautification Award to honor local businesses that contribute to beautification.

The program’s growth and community support were viewed favorably during the grant application process, said Community Appearance Manager Christy Youker, the executive director for Keep Victoria Beautiful.

Portrait of Christy Youker“H-E-B has been a great partner in our beautification programs, and we look forward to future partnerships with them,” Youker said. 

Some of the funding will be used to start a business beautification grant program. The program is scheduled to launch in April.

Funds will also be used to boost community cleanups by purchasing additional supplies and giveaway items, such as T-shirts, for volunteers. KVB hosted 160 volunteers for the first half of the Silver City neighborhood cleanup March 5. They will return to clean the rest of the neighborhood in November.

Community members collected 67 tons of brush and bulky trash and 215 tires at 41 residences during the cleanup.

A fenced area is overgrown with leafy plants. A sign reads Hummingbird Crossing.In addition, KVB will use some of the funds to produce a series of educational videos to promote recycling, litter prevention and volunteerism.

KVB’s nonprofit status allows it to pursue a variety of grants for which the City might not otherwise be eligible. Other grants that KVB has received during the past year include a $3,000 Rebuild Texas Fund grant to restore the public flowerbeds at 700 Main Center, a $1,950 Keep Texas Beautiful grant to restore the butterfly garden at The Texas Zoo and a $600 Victoria Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors grant for the forthcoming business beautification grant program.

For more information about Keep Victoria Beautiful programs, visit www.victoriatx.gov/kvb

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