COLUMBUS—State Senator Dave Burke
(R-Marysville) is encouraging non-profit organizations in Union County to apply for Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation's new Hometown Community Garden and Green Space Grant Fund in partnership with The Union County Foundation.
The fund was opened to mark the 150th anniversary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and to further support the development of thriving gardens and green spaces in its backyard of Marysville, Ohio.
"Scotts has consistently created new jobs and helped make our community the beautiful green space that it is," said Burke. "I am proud of their continued efforts to give back to our residents, and encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance the benefits of our beautiful landscape."
The Hometown Community Garden and Green Space Grant Fund will support all types of community-driven green-scape projects, including community gardens, school gardens, athletic field refurbishments, park restorations, and more. All nonprofit organizations having a primary impact in Union County are welcomed to apply.
“We look forward to seeing the impact of this grant program on our community and its well-being for years to come,” said Dave Vollrath, Executive Director of The Union County Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with Scotts Miracle-Gro to bring more gardens and green spaces into the lives of our residents.”
“This is a very special time for ScottsMiracle-Gro as we celebrate our 150th anniversary and reflect back on our company’s rich history,” said Jim King, president and chairman of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation. “A big piece of that reflection is giving back to the local community that helped our roots grow so strong.”
The 2018 application is available online now at www.unioncountyfoundation.org
under “grants and scholarships
.” The deadline for application submission is October 8, 2018. Monetary grants up to $2,000, as well as product donations, are awarded based on community impact, youth engagement, and sustainability, among other factors. Winners will be announced later this fall.