A Keep Brownwood Beautiful project that will install, with the assistance of the City of Brownwood, public drinking fountains in the community has been awarded a $6,500 grant from the “My Hometown Helper” program.

Hamburger Helper announced that the Brown-wood project is one of 20 that will be funded through the program that is distributing $100,045 this year.

“I am so glad we were selected,” Keep Brownwood Beautiful Program Coordinator Cary Perrin said. “I am very excited. KBB is planning on raising additional funds to help with all the costs for Project Drinking Fountain.”

The winning projects were chosen from a poll of 8,271 entries submitted between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, and are available online at wwwMyHometownHelper.

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“It’s an honor to help local groups who are taking the initiative to improve their hometowns,” Hyun Mee Graves, Hamburger Helper brand manager, said. “My Hometown Helper is making it easier for them to continue the great work that they are already doing, and we’re proud to be a part of the difference they are making in their communities.”

Another cycle of grant awards will open Feb. 1, 2008. Award amounts range from $500 to $15,000. In 2006, more than $100,000 in grants were awarded, and used for projects that built playgrounds, funded new band uniforms, expanded town sidewalks, installed lights for a football field, cleaned up a river and purchased ambulance equipment.

Requests must be sponsored by a charitable organization, municipal or civic organization or public school.

In its application, KBB said the project will allow residents to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. With the installment of the town fountains, not only does KBB hope to influence the obesity epidemic in U.S. culture, but the group hopes to eliminate waste created by plastic water bottles as well.

Hamburger Helper is one of more than 100 U.S. consumer brands of General Mills, which in fiscal 2007 awarded more than $80 million to communities across the country.