Last Green Valley offering funds to town cleanup efforts

The Last Green Valley is offering funds to nonprofit organizations and municipal, regional, state or federal agencies that sponsor a 2014 Earth Month or River Cleanup in its 35-town region.

Last year, 1,095 volunteers removed more than 13,000 pounds of trash from rivers, parks, and roadways in the National Heritage Corridor of the Quinebaug and Shetucket river valleys. Southeastern Connecticut towns in The Last Green Valley include Griswold, Preston, Norwich, Voluntown, Franklin and Plainfield.

The Last Green Valley will reimburse organizations up to $500 for expenses like publicity, cleanup supplies such as trash bags and work gloves, and food for volunteers. It will also help publicize events and work with organizations to recruit volunteers.

Interested organizations should submit a letter to The Last Green Valley, on their organization’s letterhead, at least four weeks before the proposed event. The letter should include basic details about the cleanup – what, when, where, and who – plus contact information, including an email address. It should also explain what event organizers hope to accomplish, provide a budget detailing how the funds will be used, and who will be picking up and disposing of the trash. It should include information about how youth will be involved in the cleanup, and include a plan for publicizing both the event and the results. Nonprofit organizations should submit a copy of their 501(c) designation letter from the IRS.

The Last Green Valley reserves the right to approve or deny funds based upon the likelihood of project success and the availability of funds. Decisions will be made within two weeks of project submission. Funded organizations will be asked to sign a short agreement and to acknowledge The Last Green Valley’s funding in all publicity materials. Funded organizations will also be asked to complete and return The Last Green Valley’s “Trash Tracker” form to compile region-wide results. For information, contact Lois Bruinooge at: (860) 774-3300 or at:


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