Form an Affiliate
Congratulations! You have taken an important first step by expressing your interest in becoming an official KTB affiliate community. Begin the process by filling out our online KTB Prospective Affiliate Form, or view the steps below.
Steps to Becoming a KTB Affiliate
- PROSPECTIVE AFFILIATE: Complete and submit our KTB Prospective Affiliate Form and watch our Intro to KTB webinar. Staff will review your form and set up a time to discuss your interest.
- PROVISIONAL AFFILIATE: Complete and submit the online affiliate application and $150 application fee. Once all materials have been received by staff, you will move into Provisional Affiliate status and receive online access to our Affiliate-only training resources.
- Determine organizational structure and board membership.
- Prepare mission statement.
- Prepare bylaws, organization guidelines, ordinance, and/or resolution for the organization.
- Get the facts about your community.
- Develop a one-year strategic plan, including the project(s) you would like to accomplish in the first year.
- Establish a budget; this may be in-kind.
- Develop lists of community/volunteer organizations and media, including any locations that will assist you in accomplishing your intended projects.
- OFFICIAL AFFILIATE: After submission of all necessary documents, to be reviewed and approved by KTB staff, you will move into Official Affiliate status. A KTB Affiliate sign will be mailed and you will be recognized on the KTB website.
As an Official Affiliate, you are required to submit dues, complete a report, participate in training and conduct an event annually.
What is the criteria to become a KTB affiliate?
KTB staff wants to ensure prospective affiliates have the resources and tools necessary within their community to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. A board, commission, or committee consisting of grassroots representatives from the public, private and civic sectors is a vital part of the long-term success of an affiliate. KTB staff will assess each prospective affiliate and work with the affiliate to provide direction during the crucial time of affiliate formation.
Not all groups who show interest in becoming an affiliate meet the eligible criteria. A community eligible to become a KTB affiliate must have a region or regions with shared or adjoining boundaries whose beautification and litter abatement programs are administered by common groups (i.e. city departments, schools, county departments, garden clubs, etc.). A community must also have a census-designated population living within the boundaries of the community. It is important to note that groups do not need to be a KTB affiliate to participate in cleanup events or many of the other programs offered through KTB. KTB affiliates should have goals and/or a strategic plan that aligns with the three KTB focus areas: community beautification, litter prevention and waste reduction.
Examples of different kinds of groups who might form affiliates:
- A commission appointed by the local governing body
- A committee established under an existing board, commission or organization
- An independent nonprofit organization or 501c3
- A board formed by an executive official of an organization or governing body
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