Community Gardens Grant Opportunity in Partnership with Franklin County
For the third
consecutive year, Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus City Councilmember
Priscilla R. Tyson and the Franklin County Commissioners have come together
with partners to provide resources to community gardens. Administered
through The Columbus Foundation, the grant supports new and existing gardens in
the City of Columbus and throughout Franklin County, with awards up to $4,000
per project for supplies and services.
gardens improve nutritional offerings and reduce family food expenses while
improving the quality of life of residents, providing vocational training and
educational opportunities to students and creating a catalyst for neighborhood
gardens do an exceptional job filling a void in neighborhoods,” Mayor Coleman
said. “Where abandoned houses once stood, gardens are taking root, adding beauty
and recreational space for neighbors to gather.”
gardens of all types are encouraged to apply for funding. Gardens focusing on
growing fruits, vegetables and herbs or simply flowers and other greenery for beautification or stormwater control are eligible if the land is gardened for
the betterment of the community.
residents, businesses, and community groups are using these grants to grow
gardens that promote healthy lifestyles and build stronger neighborhoods,” said
Councilmember Tyson, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.
“That is why I made community gardens a priority when amending the 2013
applicants must apply via The Columbus Foundation website (http://columbusfoundation.org) between February 15 and March 1,
2013. Winners will be announced at a celebration to occur on April 22,
2013, at Franklin Park Conservatory.
The City of
Columbus and Franklin County are also joined by partners including The
Institute for Active Living, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, The Columbus
Foundation, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and CleanTurn
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