Working together to create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Charlotte
Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) inspires and educates people to act every day to improve and beautify their community environment.
KCB was founded in 1974 and is one of the nation's first Keep America Beautiful affiliates. The KCB board works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowner groups, as well as with area businesses, schools, and local governments, to create a healthier environment. KCB programs enhance the quality of life for Charlotteans by providing opportunities to maintain and improve the cleanliness and beauty of our city.
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For more information about how to get involved with KCB programs, call 704-353-1235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) Board works to improve the cleanliness of the city through enhancing public awareness of litter control and recycling, promoting community service, sponsoring programs and events, and promoting partnerships to ensure the city sustains a clean and healthy environment.
View vacancies and download applications for the KCB and other city council boards and commissions by visiting the City Clerk webpage. Board vacancies arise occasionally, and Keep Charlotte Beautiful accepts applications year-round. The board meets every other month and hosts multiple activities throughout the year
Keep Charlotte litter-free.
Whether you’re looking for a one-time volunteer event or a long-term investment in your community, Keep Charlotte Beautiful has you covered! Learn more about our programs below.
Request supplies and report a cleanup
Looking for free materials for your cleanup? Keep Charlotte Beautiful lends out safety vests, reusable gloves, litter grabbers, and trash bags for FREE to all Charlotte residents. We simply ask that you fill out a cleanup report and return the materials within one week of your event. Use the links below to request supplies and report your cleanup. Please be sure your volunteers sign a liability waiver.
Join more than 400 active volunteer groups who clean up hundreds of miles of city streets. Neighborhoods, businesses, families, and individuals can make a difference in their community by adopting a City street through this FREE grassroots litter removal program. By adopting a street, volunteers commit to clean up along at least a mile of road three times or more each year. Volunteers also have the ability to remove illegal signs, report graffiti, and mark storm drains.
As an Adopt-a-Street volunteer, you will receive:
- Two "adoption" signs with your name installed along the adopted route
- Clean up supplies (litter pickers, gloves & safety vests loaned for the duration of volunteer service) on a lending basis
Great American Cleanup
The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the nation's largest annual community improvement program. It takes place from March 1 to May 31. We encourage all Charlotte residents to clean up litter during this period, and the Keep Charlotte Beautiful Board hosts a large-scale beautification event ties to this opportunity each year. Check out highlights from previous years and more information about this year’s opportunity (as it’s developed) below.
Keep Charlotte Beautiful offers two grant opportunities each year: the Tree Care Grant and Beautification Grant. Find out more about both opportunities below.
Have an idea for a beautification project? KCB wants to hear about it!
Each year, Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) accepts Letters of Intent for its Beautification Grant, an opportunity which awards up to $5,000 for community beautification projects. This competitive grant is open to neighborhoods, businesses, nonprofits, schools, and individuals citywide.
This year’s grant cycle is closed. More information on next year’s grant will be posted in the fall of 2024.
Projects must fall within the four tenets of Keep Charlotte Beautiful: litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling, beautification, and community greening. For more information about these principles and project ideas, please see the table below.
Eligible Project Opportunities
Clean-Your-Block Parties and educational efforts that promote litter removal & prevention
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.
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Competitions and educational campaigns, decorative trash cans and recycling bins, pet waste stations, cigarette butt boxes and other methods to improve collection of waste and recycling
Program supplies, signage, bins, design fees and installation.
Beautification and placemaking enhancements, decorative elements including 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.
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.
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.
For questions please call 704-432-4802, or e-mail KCB@charlottenc.gov
Tree Care Grant
Caring for our Trees Together
Charlotte takes pride in having one of the most expansive tree canopies in the country. We couldn’t achieve this without the hard work of Charlotte residents like you! In order to celebrate the rich biodiversity found in our urban forests, educate the public on how to take action to maintain our canopy, and protect our forest for years to come, Landscape Management and Housing & Neighborhood services are proud to present this year’s Tree Care Grant. This is a fantastic first step in ensuring our city’s canopy remains vibrant for years to come.
Eligible organizations citywide can apply for matching grants of up to $3,000 for tree care initiatives including canopy assessment, ivy removal, small tree/ sapling pruning, and tree focused education and community events.
Applications are accepted once per year. Tree Care projects may run concurrently with open Neighborhood Matching Grant projects. The deadline to apply for the 2023-2024 Tree Care Grant has passed. Look for more details about how to apply for the 2024-2025 grant opportunity on this page in August of 2024.
Keep Charlotte Beautiful doesn’t work alone in keeping our city clean and beautiful. Explore the opportunities of some of our partners below.
Neighborwoods Tree Canopy Program
CommunityWoods, a collaboration between the City of Charlotte and TreesCharlotte is a community tree planting initiative aimed at keeping the tree canopy healthy and beautiful while achieving Charlotte's goal of a 50 percent tree canopy coverage by 2050.
Neighborhoods interested in planting trees in their community can apply to participate in this program in the spring of each year. Selected neighborhoods receive trees and planting supplies and receive tree planting and care training. Neighborhood residents work together to plant trees in individual yards and common areas.
Want to learn more and start an application? Visit TreesCharlotte (https://treescharlotte.org/get-trees/neighborhoods/ )
Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services offers frequent volunteer events in Charlotte’s waterways and a longer-term Adopt a Stream program. To learn more visit Storm Water.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation partners often with Keep Charlotte Beautiful to offer park and street cleanups around Charlotte, but they also offer other beautification and cleanup events.