Columbus Junction Receives Beautification Dollars

Written by Theresa Rose on May 13, 2015

Keep Iowa Beautiful Announces Beautification Grants

DES MOINES – Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has announced $80,000 in grants for the 2015 Community Beautification program. This is the fifth year of the grant program that provides a major boost for community beautification and enhancement in communities of 5,000 and under.

“These dollars are helping build stronger communities by improving the economic vitality and cultural climate of our Iowa communities,” said Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB. “In the five year history of the Beautification Grant Program $400,000 has been awarded to over 90 communities in Iowa,” he added, “building stronger more vibrant and beautiful communities.”

Funding and reimbursement is available for expenses incurred only after July 1, 2015 and the project must be completed by June 30, 2016. Grant requests cannot exceed $5,000. Funding is authorized by the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from the Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP).


City/Organization; Project; Grant Amount

* Ackley/Chamber of Commerce; Hiway 57 beautification; $5,000
* Bedford/Bedford House/Garland Hotel; Landscaping-Bedford House/Garland Hotel; $4,800
* Columbus Junction City/Hometown Pride; Foot bridge at Money Run Park; $5,000
* Dysart/City Tree Board; City park landscaping; $1,600
* City of Fonda; Central Park improvements; $4,225
* Fort Atkinson/Winneshiek Co. Conservation Bd.; Freeport Park renovation; $5,000
* City of Garner; Central Park revitalization; $4,790
* Garrison/Public Library; Public Library landscaping; $3,986
* Greenfield/Chamber/Main Street; Community welcome signs; $5,000
* Laurens/City Hometown Pride; Entrance beautification; $3,138
* City of Leon; Beautification of Leon sign; $3,660
* Malvern/Southwest Nature Trails, Inc.; Trailhead beautification; $5,000
* City of Manning; Art in the Park & Hiway 141 Art; $5,000
* Oakland/Oakland Historical Society; Nishna Heritage Garden Project; $5,000
* Shellsburg/Area Community Group; Enhancement of community; $5,000
* City of Tabor; Hometown Pride Lights Project; $5,000
* Wapello/ Tri-Rivers Conservation; Beautification & litter reduction; $801
* Wilton/Community Development Assoc.; Beautification of business district; $3,000
* City of Zearing; Beautification of business district; $5,000

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