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Grants & Awards

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Governor’s Community Achievement Awards

The 2022 GCAA application is now open.

For more than thirty years, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards to Texas communities for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their communities beautiful. 

This year, ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscaping awards from the Texas Department of Transportation, 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 areas:

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

If you have any questions regarding this year's application, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Start your application

  • GCAA Webinar Series Part I: Prep your application with help from past winners

    Recorded December 14, 2021.

    Learn tips and tricks for applying to GCAA from past winners Duncanville and Friendswood. This webinar is a must-watch for those applying in 2022.

    Recording here

    GCAA Webinar Series Part II: Tackling the online application

    January 11, 2022
    12-1 pm

    In this webinar, you will learn the history of GCAA and KTB's role with the program, updates to the GCAA application due to COVID-19, and the ins and outs of applying using the online application. If your community is considering applying, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the application process and get answers to any questions you may have.

    Recording Here
  • GCAA Online Awards Instructions

    Step One
    Review the GCAA Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

    Step Two
    Visit our Awards Software and create an account.

    Step Three
    Once you’re ready to begin, select GCAA at the top to begin your application.

    Step Four
    Answer all questions and upload all supplemental information. Don’t forget to save as you go! This will allow you to leave the page and return at a later time if needed.

    Step Five
    Once you’ve completed your application, submit and pay. You’ll have a chance to save a copy of your application when you’re finished.

    Step Six
    Pay the $25 fee online with a credit card or mail your check to:
    Keep Texas Beautiful - GCAA
    8850 Business Park Drive, Ste 200
    Austin, Texas 78759

    Relax – you’re finished! Congratulations on completing the 2022 GCAA application!

     

  • Each year, ten winning communities share $2 million in landscaping awards from the Texas Department of Transportation, with the amount based on population size.

     

    Landscaping Awards by Population Size Categories

    Category

    Population

    Landscaping Award Amount

    Category 1

    Up to 3,000

    $90,000

    Category 2

    3,001 - 5,500

    $110,000

    Category 3

    5,501 - 9,000

    $130,000

    Category 4

    9,001 - 15,000

    $160,000

    Category 5

    15,001 - 25,000

    $180,000

    Category 6

    25,001 - 40,000

    $210,000

    Category 7

    40,001 - 65,000

    $250,000

    Category 8

    65,001 - 90,000

    $270,000

    Category 9

    90,001 - 180,000

    $290,000

    Category 10

    Over 180,000

    $310,000


Brought to you in partnership with TxDOT 

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