Green, OH – Mayor Gerard Neugebauer is pleased to announce The CommUnity Garden, 880 East Turkeyfoot Lake Road, as the first recipient of the Living Green Community Grant.
The Living Green Community Grant was created from funds received as a rebate from the Kimble Companies, the City’s trash and recycling aggregator. The rebate structure was added into the latest contract with the Kimble Companies based on annual increases in recycling. In 2015, the City of Green achieved a 26% increase in annual recycling output resulting in a rebate of $2039.97.
In March, City Council approved that up to 50% of the rebate will be made available in the form of a grant to be awarded to a local not-for-profit. This first grant award from the 2015 rebate funds was set at $1,000. The City received six applications for the grant from local not-for-profits operating within the City whose projects or missions are consistent with Living Green priorities.
“We were pleased with the number of very qualified applications this first year,” said Neugebauer. “It’s never easy to pick just one, but we felt that The CommUnity Garden’s mission and programs really embodied the priorities of Living Green. We look forward to being able to grant money to other organizations in our community doing amazing projects to be more sustainably.”
About The CommUnity Garden
The CommUnity Garden, created in 2015, is a space for residents to grow fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, annuals and perennials for themselves and others. Pattie Wagner, the owner of Release yoga, formed the not-for-profit to further the sense of community created at Release Yoga studio to encourage residents of all ages to “Be Happy, Healthy and Whole.” The grant money will be used to enhance the community garden by adding additional garden areas, purchase Mason bee houses, and promote free programing in the garden.
2017 Grant Applications to Be Released February 2017
The 2017 grant applications will be released at the end of February, once the 2016 rebate funds are confirmed from the Kimble Companies. Per City officials, next year’s grant process will be moved to the first half of the year now that the process and procedures related to issuing the grant have been established.
City of Green not-for-profits and projects are encouraged to apply for the 2017 grant. Applicants should demonstration how they promote one or more of the following Living Green values: Energy Savings, Water Conservation, Waste Reduction, Local Food, and Community/Volunteer Engagement. For complete details of eligibility guidelines and an application, visit www.cityofgreen.org/living-green-grant.
For more information or to request notification when the 2017 grant application is available, contact Valerie Wolford at firstname.lastname@example.org or (330)896-6602.
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