March 15, 2004
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Keep Iowa Beautiful program funds two northeast Iowa groups
Iowa – According to Iowa Department of Transportation officials, the
Guttenberg River Front Development Task Force and North End Partnership
Association in Mason City were among 18 Iowa communities or non-profit
organizations awarded funds from the Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) program.
for this program is generated through Iowa’s state income tax check-off.
This is the second year of funding for the program. During the 2002 tax
year $62,784 in check-off funding was received. Seventy percent of those funds
are allocated to local beautification efforts and 30 percent to KIB’s
DOT Program Administrator Kathy Ridnour
said, “For the second year Iowa taxpayers have sent the message they consider
the Keep Iowa Beautiful initiative valuable. They have seen their generous
contributions having an excellent return on their investment.”
Local applicants received $43,677 in
funding to implement community projects related to litter removal, litter
prevention, beautification, waste management or recycling, illegal dumping
abatement, and public nuisance abatement. The
remaining $19,107 will be used for statewide efforts.
The next deadline for submittal of
applications is Dec. 31, 2004. Project application forms are available online at: www.dot.state.ia.us/forms/index.htm.
Keep Iowa Beautiful is a non-profit
charitable organization. It is the
22nd state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, which has nearly 500
local affiliates. Keep America Beautiful has been working for 45 years to
improve the beauty of our nation.
For more information on Keep Iowa
Beautiful, including volunteer opportunities; research, education, public
awareness and beautification initiatives; and efforts towards keeping Iowa
litter-free – visit the organization’s Web site at keepiowabeautiful.com
or contact Executive Director Gerald F. Schnepf at 515-323-6507.