Village Clean up Micro Grants

Through our funding from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE), Keep Sidney Beautiful is able to offer four micro grants to community organizations located within Sidney and Cheyenne County Nebraska. Grant awards are based on the calculated total of roads in each village and and range from $400 – $500. Basic clean up supplies (safety vests, bags, gloves, grabbers) and dump passes (2 per grant) will be provided by Keep Sidney Beautiful.

Rules & Guidelines

  1. These grants are open to all youth-, veteran-, and community-based organizations that are located and operate within Cheyenne County, Nebraska.
    (eligible organizations include but not limited to: 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Local school teams/groups/organizations, veteran groups, local non-profits. email info@keepsidneybeautiful.org if you are not sure)
  2. Grantee may only apply for one (1) grant for their group or organization. Multiple applications will result in disqualification.
  3. Grantee is responsible for the hauling and removal of litter and recyclables. Grantee agrees not to dispose of an unaccepted items in the landfill, or illegally dispose of items in any manner.
  4. Grantee will track attendees, litter totals, time, and assure all requirements of the grant are met. Grantee will submit a report to Keep Sidney Beautiful upon completion of the clean up to be reviewed by the organization’s board.
  5. Grant Awards are based on the total calculated mileage of roads in each village (not including alleyways). Maximum award amount for Lodgepole or Potter is $500 (5mi of road). Maximum award amount for Dalton or Gurley is $400 (4mi of road). Grantees are not guaranteed the village option of their choice, however, KSB will make every effort to place grantees in their preferred village depending on the total number of applications.
  6. Grantee is responsible for picking up and returning supplies to Keep Sidney Beautiful. Keep Sidney Beautiful will supply groups with safety vests, trash grabbers, gloves, and trash bags. All other supplies are at the responsibility of the grantee.
  7. Landfill dump fees will be covered by KSB.
  8. Clean up must be completed by December 31st, 2021

Click Here to Apply!


Spooky Yard of the Month – Vote Now!

Vote for the Spookiest Yard of the Month! Use the map to go around town and check out all the nominees. Pictures can’t capture all the lights, sounds & music, and even fog machines. Voting will be open until 11:59pm Sunday October 24. The voting form will shuffled the answer each time the page is loaded, so no single address is always at the top.

If the your having trouble loading the map and voting form on this page, use the following links:

Our First Clean Up of the Year! Again!

Hey Folks! The snow really hampered our last attempt at a clean up. Though it melted quickly, it left the ground soggy and the litter wet and unmanageable. So we’re going to try it again, on May Day (Saturday May 1st) starting at 8am.

We have a large roll-off donated by Sparky England and some extra gloves, rakes, and cleaning supplies donated by our friends at Bomgaar’s. Please sign up using the form below so we can get an accurate head count for waters, vests, grabbers, etc! During sign up, you can also fill out the Volunteer Waiver, which is required of all participants. (We’ll have paper waivers available on location.)

Sign Up Here

Our First Clean-Up of the Year!

Help Keep Sidney Beautiful Clean up Cheyenne County by joining us at the Bomgar’s Parking Lot, Saturday April 17, at 8:00am. Keep Sidney Beautiful will be providing gloves, trash bags, grabbers, and safety vests (thanks to the City of Sidney!), and all you need to bring is yourself! Chef Ivory of the Pit Smokehouse BBQ will be running breakfast specials starting at 8:30am

We will meet regardless of weather, unless dangerous conditions occur.

Click here to sign up and fill out the volunteer waiver!

When you arrive, please park in the truck parking along the fence to save the good spots for paying customers. We really appreciate Bomgaar’s letting us use their lot to meet!

Keep Sidney Beautiful & St. Patrick’s Church Book Club

Cheyenne County, NE— February 6, 2020 —  Keep Sidney Beautiful was invited to the St. Patrick’s Church Book club to discuss environment and recycling after the group read ‘Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home,’ an encyclical written by Pope Francis. In his writing, Pope Francis calls for “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet,” and urges the whole human family to work together, knowing that change is possible. As stated in the subtitle, the theme of our planet being a common home is reiterated to stress the importance of looking at how one’s actions effect those around them. “Our climate is a common good belonging to and meant for all.”

During this meeting, KSB and the Book Club brainstormed ways to reduce impact and talked about being more aware of our actions.  Everyone was asked to take a hard look at the price of convenience: is a grab and go single use water bottle, that will last in landfills for 500 years, worth the convenience of not having to fill up a bottle yourself? Is buying a multiple water bottles a day more cost effective than buying a water filter and reusable bottle? Is taking an extra moment to remember your reusable grocery bags, worth more or less than single use bags in the landfill? These two items are the most common forms of litter found in our streets, fields, and waterways, so by eliminating them from your routine, you are making a huge impact with little effort.

Different options for recycling in our area were discussed, from improving the services offered in Sidney and Cheyenne County, to utilizing services provided by our neighbors and Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in Kimball and Ogallala. In sticking with the “Common Home” theme of the encyclical, the group talked about how we can work with our neighbors to simplify our recycling, be more efficient, and help to keep our communities clean and beautiful. While Keep Sidney Beautiful works to address some of the limitations in Cheyenne County, community members can work together to make sure recycling gets to it proper place, by sharing transport and fuel costs, and educating each other about the benefits of recycling, reducing our dependence on plastics, and being more conscientious about our actions.

Spring Community Clean-Up!

March 28th, 2020 10am – 2pm

Join the Keep Sidney Beautiful Board in cleaning up our towns and villages!

This is going to be the first of our scheduled community clean up for 2020, and the start of the Great American Clean Up line of events.
Keep Sidney Beautiful will be hosting a series of events from March – May as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Clean Up.

We are looking for teams of volunteers to help us get litter off the streets and sidewalks of our towns and villages. This event will allow us to index our communities in preparation for the Great Trash Race.

Depending on how many volunteers we have sign up, we will send teams out to each village in Cheyenne County.

Follow Keep Sidney Beautiful on Facebook to join the event and get the latest updates!

Keep Sidney Beautiful – Yard of the Month

Cheyenne County, NE— January 17, 2020Keep Sidney Beautiful is happy to announce the return of Yard of the Month! We want to encourage all Cheyenne County residents to take part in the ultimate bragging rights competition, with this month’s theme: Farms in Winter. Keep Sidney Beautiful heading out of town and beyond the villages to find the most beautiful farm in Cheyenne County. The winner will be featured in the Sidney Sun Telegraph, Cheyenne County Chamber Newsletters, and on the Keep Sidney Beautiful Facebook page.

Keep Sidney Beautiful serves the whole Cheyenne County area through out-reach, education, and events to reduce litter, increase recycling, and to beautify our communities. We want residents to take pride in where they live and appreciate the beauty of western Nebraska. As our organization grows, we look forward to being able to offer more services, and even better prizes for our events and competitions. In the past, Yard of the Month, was limited to the summer months and certain holidays, but we feel it is important to recognize the beauty around us during all times of the year!

Send your Yard of the Month nominations to Keep Sidney Beautiful by messaging us on Facebook, by phone (308)249-5851, or via e-mail: info@keepsidneybeautiful.org.