Public schools seeking to make campus improvements, private schools proposing a project in a public space and other organizations located within Los Angeles City can apply for a Community Beautification Grant of up to $10,000 and applications for the 2008-09 funds are now available.

This annual competitive matching grant program is open to community-based groups (a 501c3 status is not required) working on projects in public spaces such as schools, sidewalks, traffic medians and other similar locations.

Past projects have included landscaping, murals and gardens.

The project must be started and completed in a nine-month period, and the matching funds must equal or exceed the amount received from the city.

A series of 15 workshops will be held beginning Aug. 6 to inform organizations about the qualifications and how to complete the application. The first one will be held Aug. 6 at the Constituent Service Center at 8475. S. Vermont Ave. Another will be held Aug. 14 at in the 10th Council District conference room, at 1818 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, and a third one will be held Sept. 9 at the Junipero Serra Library at 4607 S. Main St., Los Angeles. A complete list of the workshops is also available at www.laocb.org or by calling (213) 978-0226.

The grants are sponsored by the city of Los Angeles, the Board of Public Works and the Office of Community Beautification, and the final deadline to submit an application is Oct. 22.
For complete details, visit the Community Beautification Web site at www.laocb.org.