The Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000 to 8MBA is one of 120 merit- based grants awarded nationally to support grassroots community improvement projects ranging from community gardens and tree plantings to litter and debris cleanups, recycling programs, park and playground restorations and beautification efforts.
The grant will provide funding for the Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s revitalization programming which includes the Façade Improvement Program and the Clean the D initiative. These programs are improving the physical and economic character of the corridor.
“We are delighted to receive this grant which will allow us to continue to complete transformational projects on Eight Mile Road. As the only recipient organization in the State of Michigan, we are honored by this recognition for our work and thank our local affiliate Keep Michigan Beautiful for their endorsement. We thank Lowe’s and the Keep America Beautiful program for their support,” said Tami Salisbury, Executive Director of Eight Mile Boulevard Association.
The grant program is being supported by Lowe’s company-wide volunteerism effort, Lowe’s Heroes. This initiative offers Lowe’s employees the opportunity to work on a project in their own neighborhood, helping to make their communities better places to live, work and play.
“Keep America Beautiful is proud of the positive impact that Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s projects have, and will continue to make along Eight Mile Road,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. “We are truly grateful to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for its support and leadership that is being demonstrated in community sustainability.”
Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1993 to revitalize and promote the Eight Mile business, transportation, and residential corridor between I-275 (west) and I-94 (east) by linking the public and private sectors. For more information about 8MBA, visit www.eightmile.org.
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.