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OH – WHERE IS FALL & COOLER WEATHER ?   I know many affiliates are planning your fall cleanups, thanks to all the volunteers braving this Mississippi heat. 
I am super excited about the new and continued interest in Wildflower Trails of Mississippi – thanks to Dr. Brett Rushing, along with other area MSU Extension Agents that will lead a Fall Wildflower workshop in Raymond – September 24 th - this dream of mine will continue to make Mississippi beautiful and also help gain more pollinators in our state.

Remember help us keep Mississippi Clean and Green – our Keep Alabama Beautiful Affiliates will soon be visiting us at our conference in Hattiesburg.  

Wildflower Training Workshops Across the State
For those interested in joining our Wildflower Trails of Mississippi, our first training session will be held on

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
MSU Central Research
& Extension Center
1320 7 Springs Road, Raymond, 39154

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com.

Delta Affiliate Meeting
Keep Mississippi Beautiful held a meeting for all Mississippi delta affiliates in Greenville, MS for required Keep America Beautiful training hours.

Affiliates in attendance were:
-Keep Greenville Beautiful
-Keep Cleveland Beautiful
-Keep Clarksdale Beautiful
-Keep Indianola Beautiful
-Keep Belzoni Beautiful
-Keep Ridgeland Beautiful
-Keep Columbus/Lowndes Co. Beautiful

Pictured is Keep MS Beautiful Executive Director, Sarah Kountouris, and Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons.
Keep America Beautiful's Recycle Rally
The Keep America Beautiful ®  Recycle-Bowl, the national recycling competition for K-12 students, teachers and school communities, is now incorporated into PepsiCo’s  Recycle Rally , which is active in more than 6,000 K-12 schools, beginning with the 2019/2020 school year.

As Keep America Beautiful shifts its youth education programming from recycling to service learning and community engagement through its expanding Youth Advisory Council and Keep America Beautiful Schools programs, we wanted to find a home for the schools participating in Recycle-Bowl as many schools connected to our affiliates currently participate in the Pepsi Recycle Rally program.

For the 1st place winner in Mississippi, Keep Mississippi Beautiful presents a $200 contribution to the winning school.

For more information about Recycle Rally and to explore the program's library of educational resources, please visit  pepsicorecycling.com/SchoolResources .
Keep MS/AL Beautiful 2019 Conference
We are trilled to be hosting this year's Keep Mississippi Beautiful/Keep Alabama Beautiful conference this year in Hattiesburg, MS. The conference will take place at the new Holiday Inn from Thursday, October 10 - Friday, October 11 and is open for all Keep MS/AL Beautiful affiliates and their board members.

The hotel is taking reservations at the below link for $103/night with the group code "KMB" until September 25. The conference registration site is also live and everyone must RSVP at the below link. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mississippi Recycling Coalition
School Grants & College Scholarships

The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is offering up to $10,000 in grants to schools to support new or expanding recycling programs. Both $500 and $1,000 grants are available to public and private K-12 schools in Mississippi. 

This grant program supports the mission of MRC, a non-profit organization that works to promote and grow recycling efforts in the state. Many of these grants spur recycling not only in the school but in the broader community.

The deadline for submitting applications is November 15.

APPLY AT MSRECYCLES.ORG  for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mississippi Recycling Coalition in partnership with the Mississippi Beverage Association offers scholarships to college students enrolled in Mississippi public and private colleges and universities who are either majoring in areas related to environmental sciences and education or who are are active in promoting recycling or other sustainable practices.

The College Scholarship program supports the mission of MRC, a non-profit organization that works to promote and grow recycling efforts in the state.
MRC and the Mississippi Beverage Association provide up to 10 $1,000 scholarships each year.

The deadline for submitting applications is November 1.

Keep America Beautiful 2020 Conference
This year's Keep America Beautiful National Conference will take place in Memphis, TN, February 12-14, 2020. The historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, legendary for its elegance and gracious Southern hospitality, will host KAB affiliates, partners, and guests for a three-day conference.

Hotel Reservations can be made online at HERE.
2019 Community Partners Grant Application
Deadline to apply is October 22

Keep America Beautiful ®  and Lowe's are proud to announce the 2019 Community Partners Grant Program.

As in years past, grant funds will help you engage local volunteers in projects ranging from restoring neighborhood parks and planting community and school gardens to leading disaster restoration initiatives and large-scale cleanups. Grant funding this year will be awarded in the form of Lowe’s gift cards.

Gift cards may be used for project activities including planting materials (soil, native plant species, composting mulch, landscape fabric), tools (shovels, rakes, garden hand toolkits, gloves) as well as equipment rentals, paint, fencing, gazebos, etc. Click  here  to apply.

Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund 
Rolling Deadline 
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund benefits Keep America Beautiful Affiliates that serve communities directly affected by natural and environmental disasters. The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. 

From $250-$5,000

Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. 

  • The 2019 grant cycle deadline is Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in the system for 90 days.
Future Dates:

Sept. 25 Keep MS/AL Beautiful Conference registration/reservations deadline
Oct. 10-11 Keep MS/AL Beautiful Conference, Hattiesburg, MS
Oct. 22 KAB Community Partners Grant Deadline
Oct. 29-30 Mississippi Recycling Coalition Conference, Oxford, MS
Nov. 1 Mississippi Recycling Coalition College Scholarship Deadline
Nov. 15 America's Recycle's Day
Nov. 15 Mississippi Recycling Coaltion's school grant deadline
Jan. 20 Keep America Beautiful Conference registration/reservations deadline
Feb. 12-14 Keep America Beautiful Conference, Memphis, TN
Feb. 26, 2020 KMB's Legislative Day, Jackson, MS
Apr. 30, 2020 KMB Annual Awards Luncheon, Jackson, MS

To add an event to our "Future Dates" email neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com