School recycling. Trees planted at parks. River cleanups. Groundhog cameras. Community gardens. Habitat for Humanity landscaping. Neighborhood entry signs. These are just some of the more 100 statewide projects and programs funded through the PalmettoPride Grants.

“We have seen great changes across the state through our grassroots efforts,” said Shadel

PalmettoPride hosted a luncheon Wednesday at Seawell’s in Columbia for its 2013-2014 grant recipients. More than 200 representatives from schools, local governments and community improvement organizations received checks and took photographs with PalmettoPride director Linda Shadel. (A list of all grant winners accompanies this “We have seen great changes across the state through our grassroots efforts,” said Shadel, “litter has been reduced, community gardens have increased and students have PalmettoPride works with grass roots volunteers and community organizers to help initiate litter pick up programs, beautification projects and enforcement action. Litter is an important issue for everyone. It effects neighborhoods, economic development, real estate values, crime rates and community well-being.

The PalmettoPride grants consist of five grants: Litter Trashes Everyone Education Grant, Tree Grant, Community Pride, Keep SC Beautiful and Enforcement. These grants work in conjunction with the four-prongs of PalmettoPride’s guiding principles: Education, Enforcement, Awareness and Pickup.

Since 2001, PalmettoPride programs have helped litter decrease by 62%. For more information on the 2013-2014 grant recipients, please contact Sherryl Jenkins at