In the district I live in, my neighbor began a Beautification Committee--they started I guess by outlining things they thought would be necessary to make the school better, then put up a big sign like a thermometer, with the top being the money they needed to come up with. Then they held fundraisers, with the biggest one having become a yearly concert at the start of the year--the principal plays guitar, some local bands play for free--there is a bake sale, other foods are sold, etc. It raises tons of money each year. They have planted flowers, built walkways, bought four new playground sets--one for each playground with two sets on the primary playground, painted the school, etc. It became so popular, that the city passed a bond issue last election to assist the district with beautifying the entire district. It has made such a difference! Lots and lots of work, and I'm sure many private donations. Each year people can buy bricks for new brickwork that have names and phrases etched into them. It is sooo cool! I'm sorry I don't have grant links, but this one woman made such a huge difference in our entire district, that I just wanted to say it can be done!