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Grants & Awards

Individual and Organization Awards

The Keep Texas Beautiful Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have committed to enhancing their community and protecting the Lone Star State.

This category identifies individuals, businesses, media outlets and government agencies who have made an impact in their community and helped further our vision to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. 

Know an outstanding individual or organization? Nominate them today.

  • Nominations Open January 15, 2018
  • Nominations Due February 16, 2018

One winner per category will be selected and recognized at the annual KTB Conference.

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Download the Awards Criteria

Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award*
The most prestigious award Keep Texas Beautiful presents, this once in a lifetime distinction is awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in improving and enhancing the environment of their community, the state of Texas and beyond.

OP Schnabel Senior Citizen Award*
Recognizes senior citizens (age 65+) who demonstrate positive, dynamic and selfless public-spirited leadership in enhancing their local community environment during their lifetime.

Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Award*
Once in a lifetime award recognizing a law enforcement professional who has gone above and beyond in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

Volunteer of the Year
Recognizes individuals who support the mission of KTB through extraordinary efforts and contribute to the betterment of their community.  

Ebby Halliday & Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award
Recognizes businesses with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses.

Civic Organization Award
Recognizes contributions by civic organizations supporting the KTB mission through projects or programs.

Government Award
Recognizes outstanding contributions to the Texas environment made by city/county/state government departments, divisions or agencies.

Media Award
Recognizes the public awareness and education efforts of print or electronic media in supporting environmental issues.

*If applicable, nominate in only one Lifetime Achievement category.

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  • Background/History: Provide a profile of the nominee, including their history of sustained engagement with the local affiliate or other community environmental organization(s). (10 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Leadership: Explain how the nominee’s leadership efforts impacted the success of a project or program, including but not limited to what was required to accomplish the project/program and the long-term impact on the community. (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Impact: Describe how, through their involvement, the quality of life in the community has been enhanced. Include number of participants/volunteers, hours donated and/or other applicable statistical information. (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Innovation: Describe unique and/or creative ways in which the nominee when above and beyond the call of duty. (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • KTB Mission: Describe how the nominee supports the KTB mission, “to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment.” (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Supplemental Materials: Used to substantiate the responses in your written summary. Upload 2-5 items, such as newspaper articles, letters of recognition, photographs, awards and printed brochures.  (10 points)

Nomination Fee & Submission

Each entry must include a $15 nomination fee in the form of check or credit card. Credit card payments should be submitted through the online awards system; make checks payable to Keep Texas Beautiful. A maximum of 5 nominations is allowed per category.

Awards Announcement & Presentation

Award winners will be posted on the KTB website by Friday, March 23, 2018. All award winners will be recognized at the annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference held June 11-13, 2018 in Georgetown.

View 2017 Winners.



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