National Garden Clubs
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The beginning of a new administration for a state or individual garden club usually means making plans. I hope your club will take advantage of the following options that National Garden Clubs is providing to help with your club projects:
Grants From NGC For Project Funds
This is a new NGC grant program, PLANT AMERICA Community Project Grants, that provides financial support for new or existing projects of NGC member clubs in their respective communities. Individual garden clubs that are members of National Garden Clubs, Inc. may apply for funds up to $1,000 for the direct expenses of projects. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017. Recipients of grants will be notified, and all money will be awarded by January 31, 2018. Projects must be completed by May 2019. Final reports are due within two months after the completion of the project or by July 1, 2019. The application, guidelines and more information are on the NGC website: http://gardenclub.org/projects/plant-america-community-project-grants.aspx
Grants From Espoma for Organic Gardening Products
Twenty (20) garden clubs will be awarded grants of up to $250 of organic plant foods and potting soils. Go to the Espoma website to fill out the application form: https://www.espoma.com/garden-clubs/ There is no deadline. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first serve basis.
Grants From AMES For Garden Tools
AMES will grant tools up for approved state or club landscaping projects/programs. The total amount available for all grants is $5,000. Clubs can apply for portions of the $5,000, as this amount is available to share. The application and guidelines will be on the NGC website in August: http://gardenclub.org/projects/ames-garden-tools.aspx
New Book For Youth
The Saved Seed is the second children’s book developed by National Garden Clubs. It is a beautifully illustrated book that takes children on the amazing journey of how a seed, extracted and saved from a Halloween pumpkin, grows into another pumpkin. The engaging narrative gives young readers a glimpse at how seeds that produce the fruits and vegetables they enjoy originate from plants in nature—not in commercial packaging found in catalogs and retail stores. The Saved Seed provides a wonderful introduction to gardening, written to instill the love and appreciation for the life cycle of plants, as well as how children can experience a sense of wonder and delight in growing their own plants from seeds.
Even if your club does not have a youth project, your club can donate this book to local public or school libraries. Place a label inside the cover with your garden club’s name as the donor! The book is available for purchase from the NGC website: http://www.shopgardenclub.org/shop/
Please take advantage of these opportunities to help your club with its projects. Not only are garden club projects a vital part of communities across the country, but they also give your club visibility. I truly believe that the service that our garden clubs give to their communities assures our future.
Nancy L. Hargroves
National Garden Clubs, Inc.