Start an Affiliate

Help us toward a more beautiful South Carolina

Want to help your community become more beautiful, but unsure how to move forward? Creating a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate gives you the tools to teach others how to take responsibility for their communities and do beautiful things across cities, towns or counties.

Starting an affiliate in your community means you:

  • join a powerful national network of peers
  • gain access to training opportunities, tools, resources & programs
  • opportunity for community impact grants

Who can start an affiliate?

Anyone! If you have the desire, KSCB will support your efforts in creating a local affiliate. Affiliates are normally set up as a government entity or a non-profit. They can be housed in various local government departments or serve in its own department. Affiliates can also be found in a chamber of commerce or soil and water districts.

What about funding?

Keep South Carolina Beautiful, PalmettoPride and Keep America Beautiful offer various grant funding opportunities to address most of your projects related to litter, beautification and recycling.

KSCB offers a start-up grant to cover affiliate certification costs. The best part — KSCB covers the initial costs to Keep America Beautiful upfront so you can focus on starting the affiliate locally. Once you become certified, KSCB pays the remainder of the grant directly to your new affiliate.

How do I get started?

First, contact your state affiliate, Keep South Carolina Beautiful. They will navigate the application process with you, connect you with an affiliate mentor and assist with funding processes. KSCB will support your new affiliate during each step.

The affiliate certification process consists of two training sessions from your Keep America Beautiful Certified Trainer. The affiliate certification assists the director, team leaders, local governments and volunteers through each step for approximately one year.

During this time, the certification team will develop bylaws, a logo, a budget, a mission statement and other governance documents. The team will also select an advisory Board of Directors, study the local community litter issues, and develop solutions across multi-year plans.

On your last day of training, your affiliate birthday, you’ll be set with ideas of all the beautiful things that can take place in your community.

To get started or for more information on the affiliate certification process, email

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