Governor's Community Achievement Awards



For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year.

The awards recognize achievement in seven areas:

  • Community Leadership and Coordination
  • Public Awareness
  • Education
  • Beautification and Community Improvement
  • Litter Prevention and Cleanup
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement


The competition distributes $2 million in funding from TxDOT across the ten communities, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven different areas: community leadership and coordination, public awareness, education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management and litter law and illegal dumping enforcement.

Access our Awards Toolkit for more information, tips and tools to help you with the application process.

Congratulations to the 2014 GCAA recipients, listed below:
 

Category 1: Up to 3,000
Utopia, $90,000

Category 2: 3,001 - 5,500
Richwood, $110,000

Category 3: 5,501 - 9,000
Alpine, $130,000

Category 4: 9,001 - 15,000
Henderson, $160,000

Category 5: 15,001 - 25,000
Burleson County, $180,000

Category 6: 25,001 - 40,000
Lake Jackson, $210,000

Category 7: 40,001 - 65,000
Rowlett, $250,000

Category 8: 65,001 - 90,000
Sugar Land, $270,000

Category 9: 90,001 - 180,000
Mesquite, $290,000

Category 10: 180,000+
Irving, $310,000



Click here to learn more about the Governor's Community Achievement Awards program and view past winning projects.