Cass County Master Gardeners Providing Grants for Local Gardening Projects

Now is the time to plan and plant for future gardens. The Cass County Master Gardeners organization is offering a total of $1500 in grant money to be used by the end of 2012, to encourage gardening to grow food and/or beautify surroundings. The money may also be used for education purposes.

Any Cass County not-for-profit group or individual may apply. Schools, churches, libraries, 4-H clubs, Scouts, and individuals working to improving their communities can use the money to begin or improve gardens or landscaping, or to provide education for their members or the public. Each grant has a maximum of $500. The application must also include plans for teamwork and sustainability. Consideration for the environment is also an important selection factor.

Applications should be completed as soon as possible and grant requests will be evaluated and awarded in the order received. An application form can be downloaded and printed using the link below.  Information and forms are also available from committee members, LaVon Eblen, Judy Kennedy or Carolyn Hartman or the Cass County Extension office by calling 712-243-1132, emailing, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic.

The Master Gardener program trains volunteers to develop their knowledge and skills in horticulture. These volunteers then give back to their communities through gardening service and education. The program is available in all 50 states and Canada through land grant university Extension programs such as Iowa State University. Education courses are available throughout Iowa on a regular basis. Cass County will be hosting a Master Gardener class this coming winter for anyone interested in being trained. Contact Cass County Extension Program Coordinator Kate Olson, at 712-243-1132 or keolson@iastate.edufor more information. More information on the Iowa Master Gardener Program can be found here.


2012 Master Gardener Grant Application

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