Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, is accepting grant applications for its 2011 KLB Healthy Communities Grants Program, according to a news release.

The deadline to apply for funding from the group is Aug. 31.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful awarded almost $200,000 in grants to groups across the state in 2010.

Grant applications can be submitted via the KLB website and awards will be announced Sept. 12.

The grants program is designed to help community organizations, governmental agencies, and educational groups implement projects with a specific focus on litter abatement through community education, recycling programs, enforcement and more.

All grantees are required to participate in the annual Great American Cleanup held March through May each year or in America Recycles Day, held on Nov. 15 each year.

“We believe in the power of even a small group of Louisianians who are interested in being proactive with helping keep Louisiana beautiful,” said Leigh Harris, KLB executive director. “We encourage community, religious, service and educational groups to apply through our grants program to receive funding to support the anti-litter projects in their communities.”

Visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org for more submission information.