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Brightside Awards Neighborhood and Civic Groups with NatureScape Beautification Grants

Friday September 28, 2007

Brightside will award 11 NatureScape grants tomorrow to area nonprofit groups for a variety of beautification projects.

Neighborhood groups, schools and nonprofit organizations apply for NatureScape grants twice a year through Brightside to obtain funds for beautification projects. The total amount funded this fall is $12,500, with awards ranging from $350 to $1,500.

“The seed money provided by NatureScape grants has inspired wonderful beautification projects that truly impact how people feel about their neighborhood,” said Cynthia Knapek, Brightside Executive Director. “Playing an active role in the projects empower citizens to make a difference.”

The NatureScape Grant project was created to assist groups in Louisville with beautification projects. Grants are awarded by Brightside each spring and fall. Brightside is particularly interested in projects that “green up” the community and involve participation of neighbors. Winners will receive their grants on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m., during the closing general session of the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference. The event will be held at the Galt House East in the Grand Ballroom.

NatureScape Grants are available for any officially recognized 501 (c) non profit group. Groups may apply for two consecutive funding cycles for a total of $3,000, but must wait for one year before re-applying again. This allows other organizations to benefit.

Groups interested in applying for NatureScape Grants next spring should call Brightside at 574-2613 or visit for an application.

Brightside’s NatureScape Grants
Fall 2007

Bates Elementary Funded - $1,320
Bates will improve its walking trails and playground as well as add more landscaping around their 13-acre campus. The Parent Teacher Association, the Bates Environmental Club, and Boy Scouts from the school will participate in this project.

Beautification League of Louisville & Jefferson County Funded - $1,250
Nunnlea, a historic house on the National Register since 1800, will benefit from this NatureScape grant. A landscaped buffer will be placed at the front of the estate to serve as beautification to the Hurstbourne Lane corridor and to serve as a visual separation from the noise, traffic, and 21st century architecture that sits directly across from the home. Members of the Beautification League, Boy Scouts, and Christian Academy students will provide the volunteer labor for this project.

Breckenridge Estates Neighborhood Association Funded - $1,350
Neighbors in the Breckenridge Estates neighborhood will landscape their entry way this fall as a way to promote the upkeep of their neighborhood and increase the aesthetic appeal of the Breckenridge Lane area.

City of Thornhill, Kentucky Funded - $200
The City of Thornhill plans to clean out underbrush, remove dead trees, and plant daffodils on the north side of Old Brownsboro Road behind Ballard High School. Ten students from Ballard and several neighbors from the city will perform this task one Saturday this October.

Hunters Creek Homeowners Association Funded - $1,500
This Homeowners Association will spruce up the common areas of their neighborhood, including the entry way, and will re-mulch four playgrounds. Hunters Creek will work with PS Handymen on their project landscaping and have home owner teams on every block to help with the volunteer work and the maintenance on their project.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk Funded - $1,350
The Bowman Field drivers’ license branch will receive new shrubs and some great landscaping with this award. The new beautification will give the over 10,000 citizens that visit the office each month a welcoming feeling as they come to receive their identification.

Ministries United of South Central Louisville, Inc. (MUSCL) Funded - $500
MUSCL Community Ministries will enhance its neighborly profile by replacing their “mix and match” plantings with some new landscaping. Volunteers will help with the installation and maintenance and two local churches will help provide supplies.

Old Louisville Information Center & the Toonerville Trolley Association Funded - $1,500
Thirty trees will be purchased to replace dead or damaged trees in Old Louisville, enhancing the residential landscape that was created over 20 years ago. Volunteers committed to the legacy of the trees in this neighborhood will volunteer their labor for the critical two year period following the planting to ensure proper growth.

Sanders Elementary Funded - $1,250
Restoring the native habitats on their 11-acre campus is part of an outdoor initiative that Sanders Elementary and many other partners are taking on this year. Landscaping and new trees throughout the campus will enhance the outdoor classroom, wetland areas, and new playground. These improvements are being installed with the help of Lowes Home Improvement Center, the U.S. Forestry Department, and Councilman Bob Henderson.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Funded - $1,480
St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Jude facility in the Smoketown area will add more landscaping to its grounds as a way to follow up their previous NatureScape Award. As residents help with the installation, the center hopes that residents will develop not only a sense of pride for their home, but also for themselves.

Yearlings Club Inc. Funded - $1,000
With a rich history in West Louisville, the Yearlings Club has numerous organizations that use its facility each month. Receiving the NatureScape grant will help the group reseed the lawn surrounding the building as well as plant flowers and shrubs to enhance its outer beauty to the community and its many patrons.