AMES, Iowa – Feb. 24, 2009 – According to Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, nine Iowa communities or nonprofit organizations have been awarded funds from the Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) program.
Funding for this program is generated through Iowa's state income tax check-off, which generated $29,510 in the 2007 tax year. This is the sixth and final year of funding for the program, and applications totaling $67,777 were received. Seventy percent of those funds are allocated to local beautification efforts and 30 percent to KIB's statewide initiatives.
Iowa DOT Program Administrator Kathy Ridnour said, “In the six years since the tax check-off began for Keep Iowa Beautiful projects, Iowans have given generously and are now seeing their contributions make a real and lasting impact in many Iowa communities. The Iowa DOT is proud to continue to be part of the Keep Iowa Beautiful effort.”
Projects funded from this round of funding are:
Local applicants received $20,658 in funding to implement community projects related to litter removal, litter prevention, beautification, waste management or recycling, illegal dumping abatement, and public nuisance abatement. The remaining $8,852 will be used for statewide efforts.
Keep Iowa Beautiful is a nonprofit charitable organization. It is the 22nd state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, which has nearly 500 local affiliates. Keep America Beautiful has been working for 48 years to improve the beauty of our nation.
The state income tax check-off is no longer available; however, the Keep Iowa Beautiful statewide program will continue to operate. For more information on Keep Iowa Beautiful, including volunteer opportunities; research, education, public awareness, and beautification initiatives; and efforts toward keeping Iowa litter free, visit the organization's Web site at keepiowabeautiful.com or contact Executive Director Gerald F. Schnepf at 515-323-6507.