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National Gardening Association
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The National Gardening Association and The Home Depot Announce the 2011 Youth Garden Grants
South Burlington, VT (August 3, 2010) The National Gardening Association is now accepting applications for the 2011 Youth Garden Grants program, sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by The Home Depot. NGA began the Youth Garden Grants program 28 years ago, and has since recognized and rewarded more than 5,000 projects that get kids outdoors and growing!
To be eligible, applicants must garden with 15 youth ages 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 projects that are carefully planned, comprehensive, supported by the community, and sustainable. In 2011, 100 grants are available. Packages are as follows:
These grants are an important catalyst in the youth gardening world. Grant winner Becky Leousis from Shawboro Elementary in North Carolina shares, "Creating the garden has really brought the community, families and students together. We have had a great time working on it, even in the heat! The students have especially enjoyed doing something hands on and concrete. Just taking the compost out each day has been a delight for the third graders and the fifth graders are coming back this summer to help shovel mulch!! We have had lots of compliments, but most important is the fact that so many people have been involved and have an investment. Donations have ranged from materials worth hundreds of dollars to a packet of seeds, but each donation has shown us the value that our community places on our project. Thank you for helping to make this possible.″
Susan Eastman from the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Maryland also expressed the importance of the Youth Garden Grant for their efforts. "Student comments include: 'the garden rocks!' The garden has become the talk of the school promoting positive social interaction around a shared interest. They feel pride and ownership of the garden project. I am so grateful that we had the grant to get it all started. Thank You!"
To learn more and to download an application, please visit www.kidsgardening.org/YGG.asp.
About the Sponsors
The Home Depot® is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with more than 2,200 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 2009, The Home Depot had sales of $66.2 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $2.6 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 (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.###