REGION – To honor the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) wants to remind municipalities and non-profit organizations that cleanup funds are available. While social distancing is limiting group cleanups, municipalities and non-profits can continue to plan cleanups that meet the guidelines of social distancing. The program is funded, in part, thanks to the support of bankHometown. Up to $500 in funding is available to non-profits and municipalities wishing to organize a cleanup event. TLGV hopes to distribute $12,000 in funds.

Funds can be used to clean up trash and clean up trails from debris and invasive shrubs.

In the last eight years, 11,274 volunteers have collected 407,603 pounds of trash from parks, rivers and roadways throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor thanks to the funding. Cleanups in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor can request up to $500 in funding. Cleanups outside the corridor, but still in the Thames River watershed, can request up to $250 in funding.

Funding recipients will be reimbursed for expenses such as publicity, cleanup supplies such as trash bags and work gloves.

Application details can be found at TheLastGreenValley.org under “Grant Opportunities” in the “Learn & Protect” menu. Please email LyAnn@tlgv.org with questions and requests.

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!

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