Spruce Up the 'Berg Grants

The Foundation awarded $150,000 in “Spruce Up the ‘Berg” funding in spring 2023 after local Advisory Council members recognized a desire in the community to clean-up, beautify and celebrate local pride in the County. This grant opportunity was designed to award funds that would help meet that need. The program encourages Muhlenberg County residents to make a difference in their own neighborhoods and downtowns by beautifying or reimagining public spaces. To ensure that the projects chosen were in line with the needs of communities across the entire county, all Spruce Up the ‘Berg applications were reviewed, scored, and selected by a nine-person committee comprised of Muhlenberg County residents representing Bremen/South Carrolton, Rosewood/Dunmor/Lake Malone, Beechmont/ Beech Creek/Belton, Cleaton, Powderly, Drakesboro/Browder, Graham, Central City, and Greenville.

Nearly 30 spruce initiatives received awards across various parts of the county, with projects taking place over the course of the year. A full list of projects which received funding is included below.

  • Airport Signage & Landscaping
  • Ag Center Fencing & Ticketing Booth
  • Awakening Community Church Coffin Building Removal
  • Barn Quilts Around the ‘Berg
  • Beechmont Ballpark Cleanup
  • Bremen Picnic Area Enhancements
  • Career Advancement Center Signage
  • Central City Elementary School Landscaping
  • Central City Elementary School Outdoor Classroom Creation
  • Central City Vacant Building Landscaping & Mural
  • Cleaton Clean-Up Day
  • 4-H Garden Updates
  • Graham Clean-Up Day
  • Greenville Elementary School Outdoor Classroom Creation
  • Greenville Informational Kiosk
  • Greenville Building Wing Mural Creation
  • Powderly Entrance Signage
  • Powderly Park Landscaping
  • Lake Malone State Park Boat Dock Mural
  • LuRay Park Cleanup
  • LuRay Park Signage
  • Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center Signage
  • PACS Senior Center Landscaping
  • Palace Theatre Marquee & Lobby Improvements
  • Renaissance Center Student Mural Creation
  • South Elementary School Courtyard Updates
  • Spring Ridge School Upgrades at Paradise Park (Powderly)
  • Spruce Up the Caboose/Rails to Trails Improvement
  • Terry Vick Park (Cleaton) Updates

With significant interest received across the county, the Foundation is considering a second round of Spruce Up the ‘Berg funding to be made available in spring 2024. If you have questions about this funding pool, please contact our Director of Grants, Meredith Zahirovic, at meredithz@cflouisville.org or 270-977-9194.