Community Grant Application

thank you for being a steward of your community!

Before you fill out the form below please review the following guidelines for our community grants!

Selection criteria:

Please ensure that your project meets as many of the following criteria as possible. While projects are not expected to meet all criteria, those that can demonstrate alignment with multiple criteria will receive preference in the selection process.

Selection criteria:

  • Impact:Impact of the project on the community (e.g., number of people affected)
  • Community involvement:Volunteer participation
  • Partnerships:Involvement of local businesses, organizations and other partners to assist in designing, executing and promoting the project
  • Environmental sustainability:Sound environmental stewardship principles including native landscaping, re-used and recycled materials, etc.
  • Innovation:Creative solution to a community challenge
  • Community building:Project brings the community together and involves input at various phases from conception to execution to long-term maintenance
  • Project maintenance: Provide a plan demonstrating project continuance beyond the duration of the grant period
  • Uniqueness:Utilizes local artists or artisans, references local history or culture, uses local materials, utilizes creative solutions, etc.
  • Matching: Involvement of local businesses, organizations, other partners, donors, to assist in matching grant funds through monetary or in-kind donations

What must be included in the “Description of the Project”?

Please provide a detailed description of what you plan to do, how you will accomplish it, its impact on the community, and when you expect to complete the project. No project can be completed by a single individual; you will need help from friends, family, neighbors, local schools, garden clubs, or businesses. Talk to everyone who would be interested, and work together on a plan that you all think will work. We are looking for the what, where, when, why, how of your project. Please provide as much detail as you can, including numbers where possible, so we can better understand your project and how it will impact the community environment.

KDB funds may not be used for:

  • Expenditures not approved in project budget
  • Hiring private contractors or paid labor
  • Food and beverage costs
  • Operating expenses (i.e. utilities, routine/ongoing maintenance)

Keep Durham Beautiful Community Grant Application

Contact Information
Name *
Organization Info
Tell us about your organization!
Organization Address *
Organization Address
Organization Phone Number
Organization Phone Number
About the Project
Please be descriptive and tell us about your project!
Either using an address or a description of the location.
Please include name, email, and phone number
Choose a Project Category *
Include why it is needed, what it will change or improve
Which of the selection criteria below will this project meet? *
List from criteria above
Which people and organizations from your group are committed to working on this project
Be as specific as possible using dates, etc.
When do you expect the project to be completed? *
When do you expect the project to be completed?
Max of $500
Include exactly how grant funds will be used, best estimated cost for materials and expenses, list all other funding sources the project has, and any sources of in-kind support (such as donated materials, professional expertise, donated food and beverages, etc). REMINDER KDB DOES NOT cover labor, professional services, or food.
How will this project be sustained after this grant is complete?
This includes before, during, and after
Terms of Grant
Grant funds are provided as reimbursement check upon submitting the following a. Online Grant Report (found at b. Deadline for Grant Report Submittal: February 28 for grants awarded in September; August 30 for grants awarded in March c. Copies of receipts (mailed or emailed) d. Photos of before, during and after project implementation e. Posting of KDB signage at project site