United States Conference of Mayors: 2016 GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program
To help drive garden and green space development in cities across the U.S., The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) established a partnership with ScottsMiracle-Gro’s GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program. Through this partnership, the USCM and its membership will collaborate with ScottsMiracle-Gro to bring gardens and green spaces to communities across the United States. GRO1000 is an outreach initiative focused on bringing the multitude of benefits that gardens and green spaces provide to more cities, schools and communities, particularly to those in need. GRO1000 is committed to supporting the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces across the United States, Canada and parts of Europe by 2018, which is the company’s 150th anniversary.
GRO1000 brings the joy of green spaces to communities each year by helping organizations turn their piece of the Earth into everything they imagine. The four focal areas of the GRO1000 program include:
- Outdoor Play: creating natural playgrounds for youth
- Urban Revitalization: transforming vacant and abandoned properties
- Nature Gardens: increasing pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes
- Food Deserts: providing access to fresh healthy foods
Projects should address the following priorities:
- Engage area residents, with a strong presence of local youth//students groups involved in the project
- Be transformational in scope
- Serve as a focal point/visible project for the city
- Impact the lives of its residents
- Serve as an essential element of the city’s sustainability plan
- Preferable that an element of the project include pollinator-friendly gardens and/or landscapes
Awards: A total of $40,000 will be awarded over three years to four cities. In Year 1, each winning city will receive a grant in the amount of $25,000 ($15,000 cash; $10,000 in-kind product from ScottsMiracle-Gro). For Years 2 and 3, winning cities will receive a grant award of $7,500 ($5,000 cash; $2,500 in-kind product from ScottsMiracle-Gro).
Eligibility: Every municipality in the United States is eligible to nominate one new or one substantial addition to an existing public garden, edible garden, or green space within their community. All garden and green space projects initiated by the city government are eligible, including those projects developed and implemented in conjunction with community garden groups and other relevant community partners.
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