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To learn more about the GCAA awards and get started preparing your application, you can rewatch the recorded webinar GCAA Part 1: Tackling the Online Application


1. Reporting period is from January 1 - December 31, 2020.
2. Application must be submitted by 5pm CST, Thursday, March 4, 2021.
3. Population Categories:

Landscape Awards by Population Size Categories
1. Up to 3,000 $ 90,000
2. 3,001 - 5,500 $ 110,000
3. 5,501 - 9,000 $ 130,000
4. 9,001 - 15,000 $ 160,000
5. 15,001 - 25,000 $ 180,000
6. 25,001 - 40,000 $ 210,000
7. 40,001 - 65,000 $ 250,000
8. 65,001 - 90,000 $ 270,000
9. 90,001 - 180,000 $ 290,000
10. 180,001+ $ 310,000
TOTAL $ 2,000,000

For 2021 GCAA applications, use the total community population for January 2019 from the Texas Demographic Center available at: http://ktb.org/gcaa


1. All support material must take place in the reporting period of 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020, unless otherwise noted.

2. Support material is meant to support what is written in the application itself. These should not act as a standalone application. 



    A. 10 photographs are required, but up to 15 photographs are allowed (increase from previous years).
    B. Only photographs may be submitted in the phograph section (i.e. no newspaper articles, social media posts, etc.).
    C. Photograph collages are not permissable. 
    D. The word count limit for each photo caption is 20 words (increase from previous years). The caption should describe the photo. Points will be deducted for captions over 20 words.


Applicants must submit support materials from three of the following five options. You will have the option to submit up to three examples of each but you must, at a minimum, submit two examples of three of the following five options:

    A. Two examples of public awareness or promotional materials.
    B. Two examples of local media support (i.e. news articles, publications, social media).
    C. Two examples of educational materials developed for use in adult or youth educational activities.
    D. Two city or county ordinances related to litter prevention, litter law, waste management or illegal dumping. Include the complete ordinance, including section, title, details and website line (if applicable). Reporting period does not apply (i.e. ordinances that were passed in previous years can still be submitted).
    E. Two examples of awards, recognition, and/or proclamations given to the community or community programs recognizing environmental stewardship.