2017 Keep Ohio Beautiful National Painting Grant Application Now Open
Deadline: February 28, 2017

– Keep Ohio Beautiful National Painting Week Introductory Letter
– Keep Ohio Beautiful National Painting Week Grant Application
– Keep Ohio Beautiful National Paint Week Permission to Paint Form

Sherwin-Williams is pleased again to announce their partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful in support of the Keep Ohio Beautiful Paint Grants.  This wonderful grant is designed to provide community groups with supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application Sherwin-Williams paint along with supporting volunteers.  Our grants kickoff Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week that begins on April 2017, but the grant-awarded community projects will have through October to complete their projects.  The nine (9) grant awardees, along with their volunteers will be eligible for up to 40 gallons of Sherwin-Williams exterior paint.

The Keep Ohio Beautiful Painting Grant is available to any Keep Ohio/ America Beautiful Certified Affiliate in good standing.  Sherwin-Williams will select winning projects from the applications submitted; private property owners and individual applicants cannot apply.

Applications must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • One building per application
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Signed permission to paint from building owner, history of building
  • Two before photos
  • How this grant will have a positive impact on local community
  • Agreement to provide a final report with “after” photos
  • Must provide project plans (surface-prep plan, safety plan, communication/awareness plan)
  • Must have a local budget of $300 for tools and safety equipment
  • Should include number of volunteers needed to complete project

Keep Ohio Beautiful will also provide two of the awardees an additional $100 gift card at the end of the project for community improvement projects, based on reporting and winner of the two criteria; best visual impact and best community revitalization story.

Applications must be received by February 28, 2017, and grants will be awarded March 20, 2017.  Applications may be submitted electronically or by fax or by mail.  Photos must be submitted electronically.

For more information or to download the application and permission to paint form, please visit  Any additional questions can be answered by Michael Mennett, Keep Ohio Beautiful, at 330-338-8328 or

Keep Ohio Beautiful empowers Ohioans to make our communities clean and beautiful.


Looking for Keep Ohio Beautiful Merchandise…Click Here 

The Buckeye Boutique is owned and operated by outdoors enthusiasts right here in the heart of it all, Ohio. We started Buckeye Boutique as a means of not only providing local Ohioan artisans, artists, and designers a home to sell their works, but as a way of giving back to the state we hold so dearly in our hearts.

They are a proud official partner of Keep Ohio Beautiful, a 501(c)3 non-profit which works throughout the state as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful to improve waste handling practices, litter prevention, recycling, beautification and community greening efforts.

For every item sold in our ‘Keep Ohio Beautiful’ collection, we donate 10% of profit to Keep Ohio Beautiful.  We also help with marketing strategies, provide input on social media best practices, and even get our hands dirty at Keep Ohio Beautiful cleanup events!  As avid hikers, kayakers, and general outdoors enthusiasts, we encourage you to pack out what you pack in, pick up litter when you see it, and do your part to preserve Ohio’s beauty for future generations to enjoy.

Many other items on the store are handmade or designed by artisans right here in Ohio. All photography and art works are 100% non-GMO, free range organic prints created with love by local artists.

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, takes place on and in the weeks leading into Nov. 15. Registration is open for businesses, community organizations, government entities, individuals and others planning to host an America Recycles Day-themed event. For recycling educators, the program provides an opportunity to improve recycling by reminding individuals what can be recycled. Event organizers can access valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event on the America Recycles Day website where there are guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations and more. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15. Learn more at
This year, Keep America Beautiful is encouraging people to #BeRecycled in every aspect of their life. Available online at and via paper pledges at events across the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” in all aspects of daily life:
 Recycling at home, work/school and on-the-go;
 Buying products made with recycled content; and
 Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.

Saturday, June 4, 2016
#CLEanUPCleveland – Citywide Cleanup
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Click Here for #CLEanUpCleveland Photos
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Ohio Turnpike Native Plant Pollinator Garden Project
Middle Ridge & Vermilion Valley Travel Information Centers
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Click Here for Ohio Turnpike Pollinator Garden Photos

 Friday, April 22, 2016
Earth Day Celebration at the Ohio Statehouse and Franklin Park Conservatory
Ohio Statehouse Tree Planting – 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden – 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Gardening activities
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Click Here for Earth Day Celebration Photos
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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), Keep Ohio Beautiful, and The Davey Tree Expert Company celebrated Earth Day with a tree planting on Capitol Square.

Earth Day helps to inspire and educate all Ohioans to improve and beautify their local neighborhoods along with creating greener, more beautiful environments by taking action as individuals and communities.

The event will be kicked off with remarks from representatives of the partnering organizations, including Ohio EPA Director, Craig Butler, Speaker of the House, Cliff Rosenberger, and KOB President, Karen Wise.  This will be followed by the planting of an American beech tree on the Ohio Statehouse grounds that was donated by The Davey Tree Expert Co.

“This is another example of great companies and organizations coming together here at the Ohio Statehouse to help educate the people of Ohio on the importance and benefits of planting trees,” said William Carleton, executive director, CSRAB.

In Memory of Dan Weisenbach 

We are sad to share the news of the passing of Dan Weisenbach, President Of Weisenbach Recycled Projects, and long-time supporter of Keep Ohio Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.  Many of you may have spoken with Dan at Keep Ohio Beautiful events and programs along with past KAB Conferences or watched him shine as the emcee of our KOB State Awards Program & KAB National Awards Ceremony. He served as President and Board member of Keep Ohio Beautiful and was appointed by the Governor to the ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention Board on which he served since 1992.

We will fondly remember Dan as an innovative leader in environmental awareness and recycled products and by his fun loving attitude and kindness.

Daniel G. Weisenbach

Dan & Amy



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Check out this article about “Why Its Important to Have Clean and Green Neighborhoods” written for us by Modernize.

Why Its Important to Have Clean and Green Neighborhoods




Do you have any community eyesores? How many times have you passed by a litter-strewn park or graffiti-splashed building and wished it would go away? Perhaps it’s the local playground plagued with garbage or maybe a recycling effort needs a jump-start. Whatever the concern, a solution is just around the corner. All it takes is someone to say “enough is enough” and work with community members to eliminate the problem. It’s a great way to improve your local community and be one of the millions of volunteers involved in the Great American Cleanup!

Visit the Calendar of Events for More Information on How to become involved in Ohio’s Great American Cleanups!

Our Focus Areas

Studies have shown that a beautified community translates into a safe, healthy community and improves quality of life. Projects supported by Keep Ohio Beautiful encompass the three focus areas described below and include creating community gardens, preventing and cleaning up litter and graffiti, recycling and waste reduction.
Litter Prevention

In 2014, KOB and its affiliates removed 4,420,421 pounds of litter and debris from Ohio’s landscape.

Why It’s Needed:
While litter prevention campaigns have helped improve the litter picture over the past 40 years, it remains a significant and costly problem for communities and businesses. The Ohio Department of Transportation, for example, spends nearly $4.5 million every year to clean up our state roadways.

Litter also lowers assessed property values, drives away homebuyers and hinders business development.

How KOB Helps:  
We identify the causes of litter and reduce its impact by organizing cleanups and promoting proper waste handling in our communities.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

10,844,222 pounds of solid waste kept out of landfills in 2014.

Why It’s Needed:
Recycling creates more jobs than landfills and incineration. Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves landfill space, conserves energy, and reduces water pollution, air pollution and the green house gas emissions that cause global warming.

How KOB Helps:
We help reduce the impact of solid waste in our communities through integrated programs and education about responsible consumerism, source reduction, reuse, and recycling, and landfills, composting and waste-to-energy technologies.

Beautification and Community Greening

Approximately 184,258 Ohio residents were touched through Keep Ohio Beautiful and its affiliates’ programs in 2014.

Why It’s Needed:
Community greening improves quality of life, lowers crime and engages citizens. Buildings with high levels of greenery had 48% fewer property crimes and 56% fewer violent crimes, according to the 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study, commissioned by Keep America Beautiful.

How KOB Helps:
We improve the visual aspects of our communities through programs that beautify and naturally clean our environment – creating community gardens, restoring vacant lots, beautifying highways and shorelines, urban forests, planting native flora, and preventing and abating graffiti.