New Grant Challenge Seeks Creative Strategies to Keep Our Streets Clean
Posted by Mitchell Englander on July 01, 2016 at 10:16 AM
This Week, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Board of Public Works announced the Clean Streets LA Challenge, which will reward Neighborhood Councils and other community groups for innovative strategies that keep our streets clean and clear.
The competition is an extension of Mayor Garcetti's Clean Streets Initiative and theCleanStat assessment. It will award a total of $25,000 in grants for proposals that show creativity and efficiency in their plans to prevent illegal dumping and keep neighborhoods clean.
The grant challenge is open to Neighborhood Councils, community based organizations, and nonprofit groups. Applicants will be required to form a partnership across three organizations, at least one of which must be a Neighborhood Council. The Bureau of Sanitation will hold workshops this summer on how to form partnerships and conduct safe cleanups.
Successful applicants will then start a pilot program and winners will be announced at the end of the year. Groups will be evaluated on their strategies for recruiting volunteers, hosting clean-ups, reporting dumped items, and raising awareness on social media.
The Clean Streets Initiative is a coordinated effort to eliminate trash and illegal dumping from LA streets. A key element of the initiative is CleanStat, which regularly surveys and grades all city streets for cleanliness.
For more information on the Clean Streets LA Challenge, click here.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, Twelfth District
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