September 1, 2009
National Gardening Association
(802) 863-5251, ext. 123
South Burlington, VT (September 1, 2009) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) is now accepting applications for the 2010 Youth Garden Grants program, sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by The Home Depot.
"The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to have The Home Depot as the exclusive sponsor for our flagship Youth Garden Grants program," said Mike Metallo, President of NGA. "It is an impressive expression of The Home Depot's dedication to fostering hands-on learning through youth gardening."
NGA launched the Youth Garden Grants program 27 years ago, and has since recognized and awarded almost 5,000 grants to educational programs that get kids outdoors and growing!
To be eligible, applicants must garden with at least 15 youth aged 3 to 18 in the United States. Past grant winners include public, private, and home schools, preschool and Head Start programs, day care centers, nonprofit agencies, faith-based projects, governmental agencies, community gardens, gardening clubs, and others. To be selected for a grant, applicants must demonstrate that projects are carefully planned, comprehensive, supported by the community, and sustainable. In 2010, 100 grants will be available. Packages are as follows:
These grants are an important catalyst in the youth gardening world. Grant winner Carolyn Armstrong of Yeokum Middle School in Missouri, says, "The students built the garden from the ground up, literally. They took ownership in planning and constructing the garden, and it spilled over into pride in being members of our school. We would not have been so successful without the generosity of NGA and The Home Depot. Thank you. It's made a huge difference for our kids. We're planning our next project with enthusiasm!"
"Winning a Youth Garden Grant took our ideas from a wish list to reality, by galvanizing the administration, teachers, and most obviously, the kids, into action," says Betsy Stefany of the garden project at Harold Martin School in New Hampshire. "The grant also helped draw in donations and recognition from the community. Without the grant, the garden project might have run slowly out of steam over the course of a few years. But when the grant was announced, all the participants united and the program took off."
To learn more and to download an application, please visit www.kidsgardening.org/YGG.asp.
About the Sponsors
The Home Depot®
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,241 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2008, The Home Depot had sales of $71.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $2.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.
The National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association (NGA) founded in 1973, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more, please visit www.kidsgardening.org