Winter is a good time to get organized for the upcoming gardening season. If you are involved in a school community garden, here's a potential source of funding to help you create or expand your existing program. The Friends of Burlington Gardens has announced that forty $1000 mini-grants will be awarded this spring to groups developing or expanding school community gardens in Vermont. The deadline for submitting online applications is March 15. Mini-grant award recipients will be announced on April 12.
The mini-grant program provides reimbursements for garden infrastructure items including top soil and compost, water systems, fencing, raised bed materials, hand tools, wheel barrows, and garden signage. The goal is to develop sustainable garden sites that will serve Vermont schools and communities for many years.
School community gardens applying for mini-grants need to be affiliated with a public school or public/private academy, and be located on land owned by a town, city, school district, or tax exempt organization. Gardens must be 2500 square feet or more in area including pathways, or include a minimum of 640 square feet of raised beds.
Prospective applicants are invited to attend a free mini-grant planning workshop to be held January 29 in Burlington, February 19 in Derby, or February 26 in Rutland. For more information go the Friends of Burlington Gardens website.