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Saturday October 5, 2024


Applications will open @ mid-March

Deadline for Applications: Friday, August 30, 2024

Keep North Carolina Beautiful, in partnership with WRAL and Capital Broadcasting Company, presents the 38th Annual Azalea Celebration this fall. Over the past 37 years this program has awarded over 250,000 azaleas to more than 4,000 non-profit organizations. This event is encouraged and open to all 501(c)-3 non-profit organizations that would like to beautify North Carolina by requesting and planting up to 50 Azaleas in their community. 

Assisted by dozens of volunteers, 5,000 azaleas are distributed annually.  Simply fill out an application form (available mid-March) and submit it to us by August 31st. This program is first come, first serve to all non-profit organizations that qualify. As the number of azaleas is limited, we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible. All grant recipients will be contacted by the first week of September with instructions for pick up that will include a scheduled time and a map for pickup on Saturday, October 5, 2024*.  The azaleas have been growing for over three years and range in size from two to three feet tall, fully really to plant. 

In addition to this program, we offer the A.J. Fletcher grant award for those organizations that keep the azaleas healthy and alive. These grants are meant to reward you for maintaining your project and plants and can be used to expand your current project or for creating a new one. Annual awards are as follows:

First Place: $500 and 100 azaleas / Second Place: $250 and 50 azaleas / Third Place: $125 and 25 azaleas

Register soon to guarantee your azaleas!

*All azaleas must be picked up on Saturday, October 5th. Unfortunately no exceptions can be made.

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