Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two new Grants for Gardens

Community gardens offered $68,725 in aid

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 02:51 AM
By Robert Vitale and Elizabeth Gibson


Columbus and Franklin County are offering grants totaling $68,725 to community gardens looking to take root for the first time, as well as those interested in growing.
Groups can apply for up to $4,000 each through the Columbus Foundation at The deadline to submit an application is April 1, and the recipients will be announced on April 23 for Earth Day.
Columbus handed out $15,000 for community gardens last year and will distribute $30,000 this year. County officials decided to join in and will contribute the rest with federal funding.
County and city officials said community gardens are a good way to bring neighborhoods together and to increase access to healthful produce. "We've realized over the past couple of years that, not only is there a bigger interest in community gardening than we thought, this is something people need help with," said County Commissioner John O'Grady.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. Offers Grants For Community Gardens
March 2, 2011

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is offering $1,500 grants to communities and organizations involved in creating community gardens and green spaces.
The goal is to plant 1,000 gardens and green spaces across the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018. To help achieve that goal, Scotts Miracle-Gro launched a new program called GRO1000. Communities interested in pursuing 2011 GRO1000 grassroots grants can apply online at  by March 31, 2011.
Projects should include the involvement of neighborhood residents and foster a sense of community spirit.
"Something happens when communities grow and learn together," says Jim King, Scotts Miracle-Gro senior vice president of corporate affairs. "People develop a sense of pride and accomplishment when they get involved in cleaning up their neighborhoods, growing flowers or cultivating their own healthy local food, and we want to help them get the job done."

Throughout 2011, Scotts Miracle-Gro and its partners will establish gardens and green spaces in Los Angeles; Houston; Chicago; New York; Ontario, Canada and Lyon, France. Those partners include Keep Amreica Beautiful, Plant A Row For The Hungry, Garden Writers Association, the National Gardening Association and Franklin Park Conservatory

1 comment:

Jinming said...

Congratulations! Hopefully some of them can be distributed to the Millrun Church. Ms. Kelly Hern is really devoted to her work and is a great person.

Jinming Zhang