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Beautify the Bluegrass – FAQs

What types of projects are eligible?

Any project that improves the physical appearance of a public, outdoor area is eligible.  No project is too big or too small, anything from picking up litter on a stretch of highway to landscaping and painting. 

Can I enter an existing project?

Any beautification project is eligible if it was completed between July 27, 2019, and June 25, 2020. 

Who is eligible?

Beautify the Bluegrass is open to all individuals and organizations, public and private.

What is the deadline to submit a project?

All projects must be submitted via the form on by 6 p.m. (EST) on June 25, 2020.  

Can we mail our entry?

All entries must be submitted online at this link:

Who judges the projects?

The Beautify the Bluegrass Committee, the public, and the Governor of Kentucky. 

What is the judging process?

The Beautify the Bluegrass Committee reviews all submissions and selects five finalists from public entries and an additional three finalists from electric cooperatives. From July 29–Aug. 5, the public is invited to vote on from among the top five finalists. The Governor of Kentucky selects the winner of the Governor’s Award and the top Co-op project.  The winner of the public voting that is not also the Governor’s Award winner receives the Commonwealth Award.

Why is there a separate category for co-ops?

Kentucky Living is published by Kentucky’s Electric Cooperatives which are frequently involved in projects to improve their local communities. Because co-ops publish Kentucky Living, they are not eligible for the Governor’s Award.

What is the judging criteria?

Beautify the Bluegrass entries are judged upon a variety of factors, including how the improvements helped the community, the scope of the project, the participation of volunteers and the overall effectiveness of the effort.

What are some tips for creating a successful submission?

Photos. Photos. Photos. Judging is primarily based on the “before” and “after” look of your project. It is important that you take as many photographs before, during and after (Check out our tips).  Also, being able to provide a concise written description of the project is important. Here is an example.

What do you win?

The Governor of Kentucky or his representative will travel to the site of the project to formally present the Governor’s Award. Up to 200 participants and community members will be treated to lunch with the governor and/or his representatives, provided by Kentucky Electric Cooperatives. The Governor’s Award winner receives a plaque and will be featured in an issue of Kentucky Living magazine and The winner of the Co-op Award each receive a plaque.  All projects receive a certificate.

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