SCHOOL GARDENING GRANTS AVAILABLE!
Print and Complete: 2013 School Grant Application
Application deadline is April 30, 2013. For questions call the Extension Office at (828) 255-5522, or contact Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, Carolyn Mann, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Spencer at email@example.com
The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGs) have small grants available for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year for schools in Asheville/Buncombe County, to create Learning Gardens for students. Grant awards vary, and will depend on the number of schools applying and the funds available. School Grants Program applications will be evaluated to determine how well the applicant’s program meets the Extension Master Gardeners mission.
The following selection criteria will be considered:
- Type of program for which the grant funds are sought (e.g. in school program, after school program, summer program, etc.);
- The educational goal(s) of the program (e.g. horticultural, environmental, etc.);
- Whether the program will teach and promote environmentally-friendly gardening practices;
- Whether the program offers applied, hands-on learning opportunities to student participants;
- The purchase of appropriate supplies such as seeds, plants, bulbs, soil conditioners, amendments, mulch, stakes, tools, etc. (Large equipment will not be funded.)
- The number of students who will be served by the program;
- The primary population served by the program (e.g. age, grade, etc);
- Special characteristics of the students to be served (at-risk, socio-economic challenges, special needs, etc.);
- The number of school staff and volunteers that will assist with the program;
- The nature and amount of community involvement;
- Whether other organizations or groups are involved in the program (by providing funding, volunteers, donations, etc.);
- The overall level of support for the program (school, staff, volunteers, community
- How the garden will be maintained year-round.
- School grants give first consideration to public schools. If additional resources are available, other applications from private schools in Buncombe County will be considered.
Each application will be judged in its entirety. A program that is weak with respect to one or more criteria may still be selected as a grant recipient if it is strong in other areas.
While it is possible to reapply for another school grant, please note that funding availability and number of grant requests will be taken into account when considering applicants who have received funding in the previous year.
The School Grants Committee will not consider any applicant who has ties to a Buncombe Extension Master Gardener in order to avoid any semblance of favoritism or nepotism.
Note that preference will be given to programs that reach underserved and disadvantaged populations, but this is not a requirement for receiving a grant.
Grant recipients will be expected to complete a year-end evaluation that includes:
1) Receipts and/or school financial statements
2) Evaluation Report completed by grantee and submitted by May 31, 2014
Learning Gardens provide hands-on educational experiences allowing students to apply concepts in math, science, and environmental education, even art and literature, in practical settings. Helping area schools is one way the EMG volunteers serve the community. Since 2007, the group has donated more than $13,000 to 29 schools, helping more than 300 teachers and over 4,500 students.
Funds for the school grants are raised through EMG events, including the bi-annual garden tour and other events. Presently, the main fundraiser for these grants is the EMG bi-annual Garden Tour.