Grants & Awards

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Governor’s Community Achievement Awards

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. 

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping award funding since 1985. The winners were honored during KTB’s Annual Conference, which took place in Austin, TX from June 27 through June 29, with an awards dinner and presentation on the evening of June 29. Winning communities include Salado, Richwood, Lucas, Woodway, Katy, Canyon Lake, Grapevine, Rowlett, Allen, and Irving. Congratulations!


 Click here for full list of winners


  • GCAA Webinar Series Part I: Prep your application with help from past winners

    Recorded December 14, 2021.

    Learn tips and tricks for applying to GCAA from past winners Duncanville and Friendswood. This webinar is a must-watch for those applying in 2022.

    Recording here

    GCAA Webinar Series Part II: Tackling the online application

    January 11, 2022
    12-1 pm

    In this webinar, you will learn the history of GCAA and KTB's role with the program, updates to the GCAA application due to COVID-19, and the ins and outs of applying using the online application. If your community is considering applying, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the application process and get answers to any questions you may have.

    Recording Here
  • Each year, ten winning communities share $2 million in landscaping awards from the Texas Department of Transportation, with the amount based on population size.


    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


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


Judges will recognize all applicants scoring 90 points or above with the Award of Excellence. This prestigious award distinguishes these communities throughout Texas for their outstanding achievements in protecting and enhancing their local environment, exemplifying their efforts as the standard of environmental excellence for communities nationwide.

The Sustained Excellence Award recognizes the communities that have scored 90 or above in the GCAA competition for three consecutive years. Recipients of this esteemed award are recognized for their ongoing commitment to making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation.

Click here for full list of winners

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.


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