This year organizers say they hope to give away $10,000 in grants. The money is available for church groups, civic clubs and schools that want to work on beautification projects such as creating vegetable or butterfly gardens or even outdoor classrooms.
"Basically criteria involves a project that will create a beautification and environmental awareness along right-of-ways," says Meridian Keep America Beautiful coordinator Beverly Knox. "That's in front of churches, community development clubs, right-of-ways that belong to the public. You need youth of course and you need beautification in that project for a neighborhood or community."
The deadline to apply is March 24. Applications are available on the third floor of City Hall. For more information, call the Meridian Keep America Beautiful office at (601) 485-1996.