Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP)

The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, now in its 21st year, is the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Communities implementing a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program consistently reduce cigarette litter by half based on local measurements taken in the first four to six months after the program is implemented. Since its inception, the program has been implemented in more than 1,800 U.S. communities.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Keep America Beautiful affiliates,
  • Local governments,
  • Business improvement districts,
  • Downtown associations,
  • Parks and recreation areas,
  • Other organizations dedicated to eradicating litter and beautifying their communities.

Eligible Projects:

An effective local Cigarette Litter Prevention Program includes four proven, field-tested solutions or strategies for reducing cigarette butt litter.

  • Review local litter laws, including cigarette butt litter, and support enforcement
  • Raise awareness about the issue of proper cigarette butt disposal using messaging and marketing campaigns
  • Place ash receptacles at transition points to non-smoking areas like beaches, hospitals, or public parks; and
  • Distribute pocket or portable ashtrays to adult smokers

This year, Keep America Beautiful is focusing on three primary types of intervention with the goal of increasing cigarette butt recycling and incorporating technology into the assessment and collection program.

Funding Source:
TerraCycle and Local Keep America Beautiful Chapters Team-Up to Beautify Spaces & Recycle the World’s Most Littered Item while Earning Donations for Nonprofits

Funding Amount:



Alex Payne, TerraCycle

609-393-4252 ext. 3710, alex.payne@terracycle.com

Abby Turpin, Director of Communications
Keep America Beautiful®

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Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Great American Cleanup Program

Keep America Beautiful is celebrating the Great American Cleanup’s 25th year in 2023, between March 21 to June 22. As the country continues to deal with the pandemic, it is as important as ever to help end litter across our great nation. This means that we should all make sure that waste (including PPE) gets placed in the trash and we all recycle based on local capabilities.

Regarding litter collection, Great American Cleanup event organizers have been provided clear guidance to ensure that volunteer health is our first priority. All cleanups should adhere to guidelines from local, state, and federal public health officials so timely and accurate information can guide safe and appropriate activities in each location.

Eligible Recipients:

The Great American Cleanup prompts individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environment by conducting grassroots community service projects that engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders. A successful Great American Cleanup project must fulfill the needs of the local community; that’s why we work with local community and business leaders, as well as other key stakeholders to gain knowledge about the community’s needs and carefully select and execute appropriate projects.

Eligible Projects:

During the Great American Cleanup, Keep America Beautiful affiliates, partner organizations, corporate partners and millions of volunteers:

  • Remove litter and debris from roadsides, highways, shorelines, and waterways for safer, cleaner communities
  • Plant trees, flowers, and gardens to strengthen our community’s green infrastructure
  • Clean and restore nature trails, recreation areas, and playgrounds to encourage play and physical activity
  • Recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles, electronics, paper products, tires, clothing, and even junk cars to give garbage another life
  • Rebuild public spaces in communities struck by natural disasters to renew social connections and
  • Restore urban, suburban, and rural business districts and thoroughfares to spur economic impact

The Great American Cleanup, Keep America Beautiful’s signature community improvement national program, encourages everyone to participate in creating a country in which every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

Funding Source:
The Great American Cleanup National Sponsors

Funding Amount:
Free litter cleanup kits available while supplies last

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Keep America Beautiful®, (KAB) the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, will soon be announcing the next round of KAB Community Grant Program awards. These grants support communities and our 700-member affiliate network in preventing littering, promoting recycling, and building clean, green, and beautiful neighborhoods.
Through a coalition of corporate sponsors, Keep America Beautiful seeks innovative grant applications for programs that will unify communities as they address their community improvement needs.
Keep America Beautiful encourages applicants to use this grant opportunity to leverage local resources and encourage volunteers to sign up and take action in their community.

Eligible Recipients:
The COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM is designed to support the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Affiliate network, other nonprofit organizations, and community groups to implement programs or projects designed to build clean, green, and beautiful places for all to thrive and enjoy.

Eligible Projects:

Keep America Beautiful is committed to fostering community diversity, unity, and environmental sustainability. Funding is available independently or collectively to:

  • promote public space recycling collection
  • build strong neighborhoods within and along Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards
  • beautification through tree planting,
  • and prevent littering by addressing cigarette litter and collecting litter from the nation’s waterways.

Funding Amount:
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to develop a comprehensive PROGRAM approach, rather than project-specific activities by leveraging the funding available through the various grant applications. After completing basic information common to all the applications, applicants will be given the option to apply for one or several of the community improvement grant offerings.

Funding Deadline:


Jason Smith, jsmith@kab.org

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