Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

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$500-$1000: Youth Garden Grants due Nov 28th, 2011

Do you know a school or youth-oriented group who needs $500-$1000 to establish a garden? If so, here’s information on a grant – your application is due by November 28th, 2011. There will be 100 awards, and you’ll find out by March 1, 2012. Plan ahead!

The full information and application is at the 2012 Youth Garden Grants website.

Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to garden with at least fifteen children between the ages of 3 and 18. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply may do so, but must wait one year (e.g., groups that won in 2011 may apply again in 2013) and have significantly expanded their garden programs.

In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize educational focus or curricular/program integration, nutrition or plant-to-food connections, environmental awareness/education, entrepreneurship, and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, and service-learning.

Good luck, and I hope some Austin organizations win.

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