Community Grant Applications due Jan. 31

Keep Durham Beautiful News

From celebrating the first inaugural Monarch Festival at Sandy Creek Park, piloting event waste reduction at the Food Truck Rodeos, building a new playground at Red Maple Park, picking up thousands of pounds of litter during Creek Week and Big Sweep, holding the third School Recycling Summit, and planting over a thousand trees in Durham with Trees Across Durham partners, 2015 was a fun and busy year. We appreciate all that you, our volunteers, donors, and supporters, have done to make this work possible and look forward to working with you in 2016.

Featured Events

E-Waste Recycling, Paper Shredding, and Tree Disposal
Saturday, January 16, 2015
8 am - 2 pm
Durham Country Memorial Stadium  (750 Stadium Dr.)

Recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents and dispose of live Christmas trees at the City of Durham's E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event. You can find a full list of accepted items on our website.
Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Volunteer Shifts: 11am- 1pm; 1-3pm or 3-5pm

Waste Warrior volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With thousands of people that attend the Rodeos, volunteer efforts can help divert thousands of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill. 

Sign up by contacting Erin Kaufman: or call: 919-794-8194
Tree Care 101 Workshop
Saturday, January 23, 2016
9:30 am - noon
Northgate Park (300 W. Club Blvd)

Gain hands on experience while planting and tending to the trees along the Ellerbe Creek Stream Restoration Project, which runs through Northgate Park. Participants will learn about tree planting, pruning, and the critical role played by trees and forests for stream health and water quality.

RSVP for this workshop online or by calling (919) 560-7933.
For a complete list of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, check out the event calendar on our website.

Community Beautification Grant Applications Due Jan 31

Residents and Organizations are Invited to Apply for Grant Funding to Improve Durham’s Appearance

Keep Durham Beautiful seeks applications for its Community Beautification Grant Program. Durham-based residents, volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, businesses and educators looking to make a difference in Durham’s appearance are encouraged to apply for these semi-annual grants.

We will award competitive grants of up to $500 each to support well-defined projects that support our key objectives to reduce litter, encourage recycling, and promote community greening through tree and garden planting. “This program is a perfect example of public-private-community partnerships in action,” said executive director Tania Dautlick. “Pooling resources, Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers accomplish amazing transformations.”

The date to submit Grant Applications for the spring funding cycle is January 31, 2016. The next round of applications will be due by July 31, 2016. For more information about grant requirements, please refer to the Grant Guidelines on the Keep Durham Beautiful Website. Questions? Contact us at or 919-354-2729.

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