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Grab a Grant for your Community Garden

January 16, 2013

Over the past several years, a very cool program at Scotts Miracle-Gro called GRO1000 has helped improve communities through the development of new gardens and green spaces.  From San Francisco to Baltimore, we are transforming cities and changing lives through the creation of livable, public green spaces and edible community gardens.  With the help of our philanthropic partners, abandoned city lots are now vibrant gathering places, and fresh produce is being grown to feed children and families at-risk.

Now is the time to apply for support of your greenscape development project with the availability of the 2013 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants.

The grants are part of the larger GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, which is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to create over 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. The grants are awarded to non-profit organizations nationwide.

The application for the 2013 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants is available online at: www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/Gro1000/Grassroots. The deadline for application submission is February 18, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The grants, which range from $500 to $1,500, are awarded based on community need and impact, scope and long-term sustainability of the project. School districts, universities, government entities, and 501(c)(3) public charity organization are all eligible to apply.

Two hundred forty-eight gardens and green spaces across the U.S., Canada and Europe have been impacted by GRO1000 Grassroots Grants, including 4th Street Farms in Columbus, Ohio.

“With the support of the GRO1000 Grassroots Grant Award, 4th Street Farms transformed a vacant lot in an urban transitional neighborhood into a vibrant garden, with a portion of its harvest donated to the community,” said Evelyn Van Til of 4th Street Farms. “We’ve gotten to know more of our neighbors and they us, as we provide a gathering place for the community. Crime has dropped, and we are making a difference.”

Additional partners for the GRO1000 program include Plant A Row for the Hungry, Garden Writers Association, National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For more information on GRO1000 visit www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/Gro1000.

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