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Grants & Awards

Governor’s Community Achievement Awards

Graphic sharing the ten 2020 Governor's Community Achievement Award Winners

The 2022 GCAA application opens on January 4.

Preview the 2022 GCAA application questions

Please check back for more updates and application instructions. 

Congratulations to the 2021 GCAA winning communities

The Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) program is one of the most prestigious annual environmental awards in Texas. This year, these ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscape awards from the Texas Department of Transportation for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their communities beautiful. 

Congratulations to the communities of Muenster, San Saba, Cuero, Athens, Gatesville, Duncanville, Friendswood, Mansfield, Denton, and McKinney. 

2021 GCAA Winners

2021 Sustained Excellence

For more than thirty years, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards to Texas communities for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their communities beautiful. 

This year, ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscaping awards from the Texas Department of Transportation, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community's environmental program is judged on achievements in seven areas:

  • Community Leadership and Coordination
  • Public Awareness and Outreach
  • Environmental Education and Youth Engagement
  • Beautification and Community Improvement
  • Litter Prevention and Cleanup
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement

If you have any questions regarding this year's application, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Landscaping Awards by Population Size Categories



Landscaping Award Amount

Category 1

Up to 3,000


Category 2

3,001 - 5,500


Category 3

5,501 - 9,000


Category 4

9,001 - 15,000


Category 5

15,001 - 25,000


Category 6

25,001 - 40,000


Category 7

40,001 - 65,000


Category 8

65,001 - 90,000


Category 9

90,001 - 180,000


Category 10

Over 180,000


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