how to mulch your tree properly copy 1On January 2, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), a nonprofit organization working to engage diverse communities by creating vibrant public places, received a general operating grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant will allow KIB to continue to impact Indianapolis positively through a variety of programs. KIB Clubs, as well as Youth Tree Team, are programs aimed at involving Indianapolis youth in caring for the environment.

KIB Clubs will provide interactive environmental based learning focused on creating respect for our natural environment as well as preservation of our urban environment. The program will work with up to 12 schools to form environmental clubs that will meet on a regular basis and lead hands-on projects.

Youth Tree Team will foster leadership and community engagement in youth by hiring high school students to water, weed, mulch, prune, and pick up litter at project sites.

NeighborhoodWoods, IPL Project Greenspace, Great Indy Clean Up, and Adopt-a-Block are focused on promoting ties in communities through planting trees, environmental clean-up, and more.

NeighborhoodWoods gages social and environmental indicators to target neighborhoods with the greatest need for trees. All Marion Country neighborhoods and community groups are also welcome to apply for free trees.

IPL Project Greenspace will help community groups to plant trees, create new pocket parks from empty lots, create neighborhood gardens, enhance greenspaces, and beautify gateways by providing resources, planning, and training. This will also encourage neighbors to connect to each other and their environment.

Great Indy Clean Up nationally promotes clean ups that take place from April to October. KIB will pick up millions of pounds of litter each year through work with about 300 neighborhood groups.

Adopt-a-Block is a grassroots initiative to get rid of litter that encourages leadership by allowing individuals to adopt blocks and involve their communities. This, in turn, frequently helps to engage neighborhoods in block clubs and crime watches.

Apart from enhancing many programs, the Lilly grant will also go towards improving donor relations, expanding volunteer recruitment, and further developing community outreach

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful was founded in 1976 and in 2012, the nonprofit worked with over 30,000 volunteers on more than 600 projects focused on challenging aesthetic distress, decline, and crime while helping nature and people to thrive. These efforts potentially improve property values and attract new investment to the city.

To learn more about KIB, to volunteer, or to donate, visit

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