The National Gardening Association has applications available for its 14th annual Youth Garden Grants Program. NGA will award 300 grants to winning applicants nationwide for use during the 1997 growing season. Each grant consists of tools, seeds, plants, and garden products and is worth more than $500. Programs must involve at least 15 children between 3 and 18 years of age. To receive an application or more information, write to: Garden Grants Dept. PS, National Gardening Association, 180 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; telephone: 1-800-538-7476. Be sure to include your name, school or organization, address, and phone number.
Awards of up to 50 percent matching grants for the purchase of water gardening products and stock from the Lilypons Water Gardens Catalog will be made to deserving horticultural therapy programs in established agencies, schools, hospitals, or other institutions. Awardees will be selected by Lilypons Water Gardens and will be allowed to select items from the Lilypons catalog that total up to $2,000, of which Lilypons will match up to $1,000 raised by the awardee. Transportation and packing will also be shared 50 percent/50 percent. For more information or a grant application, call 1-800-999-5459 (Maryland) or 1-800-765-5459 (Texas).
The America the Beautiful Fund has grants available for free seed for volunteers all over America to improve neighborhoods; create new parks and community gardens; start new environmental education programs; or grow food for the hungry, for soup kitchens and food banks, or others. Local groups can apply for a grant of 100 to 1000 free seed packets or up to 500 pounds of bulk vegetable seeds for a project in their communities. The most outstanding projects will be chosen for National Recognition Awards as models of how to nourish and beautify America and create a greener planet. For an application form, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America the Beautiful Fund, Department N, 219 Shoreham Bldg., Washington, DC 20005.
The GROW award is sponsored annually by the Vermont-based Gardener's Supply Company in honor of the late Robert Rodale. To apply for the GROW Award for individuals or groups who are "healing the earth through gardening," write to Gardener's Supply, 128 Intervale Road, Burlington, Vermont 05401, ATTN: GROW Award.
The Lily Ponds for Youth(SM) grant program, designed to enhance awareness of the environment in school age youths, provides matching dollars ($100 to $1000 for projects costing $200 to $2000) for youths to cultivate an aquatic environment. The aesthetics and ecology of the pond make clear and fun tools for learning about many subjects such as biology, chemistry, ecology, and horticulture. To apply, write or FAX to Lilypons Water Gardens, PO Box 10, Buckeystown, MD 21717-0010; FAX 301-874-2325; on PTA or school stationary, requesting application details for your school. Deadline for application is June 1, 1995.