United States Conference of Mayors and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company: GRO1000 Gardens and Green SpacesDeadline: November 15, 2016
GRO1000 is a community outreach initiative dedicated to bringing the benefits of gardens and green spaces to more neighborhoods, schools, and communities, particularly to those in need. Grants are awarded to local communities to bring 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
- Contain a strong component of local youth or student 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
Amount: Four winning cities will receive a total of $40,000 in monetary funds and product, payable over three years. 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.