Swasey Parkway Garden Bed, Exeter
The Beautification Mini-Grant Program
PRESS RELEASE – 2018 Mini-Grant Program Revised
The Exeter Area Garden Club has presented 74 mini grants to Seacoast Area gardeners in the past 8 years. We have surpassed our goal of awarding $10,000 in grants to the community as of June, 2018. Public areas both large and small have benefitted from the program. Gardeners from Stratham and Exeter as well as those from the greater seacoast area (Barrington-Kingston-Hampton-Epping) have received Mini Grants.
Grant amounts for 2018 were raised to $100-$400. Applications will now be accepted between March 1st and May 1st, so applicants have time to think about what they plan to do once spring arrives. Funds will be forwarded to recipients by May 15th.
Applications should include a description of the work planned, including types of plants. We encourage submission of a plan. This year we are asking that recipients forward a photo when the project is done. Later in the summer we tour the gardens to admire the work.
If you are,or know of, an individual or a group who would like some financial assistance in sprucing up a public location in your community, please apply. The application form is available on the Community Service page of this website, www.ExeterAreaGardenClub.com.
The Exeter Area Garden Club Mini-Grant program has been established to encourage beautification of our local landscape and communities. It was developed by the Environment & Conservation Committee. See who received mini-grants in the past:
Applicants may request $100 – $400 per year for a project to be completed within the calendar year.
Applications will be accepted from organizations, community and civic groups, schools, businesses or individuals from the towns in the Exeter area. Only one project may be submitted per group in a given funding round. Preference will be given to new efforts by the applicant to improve a location. Funds should not be used for programs the applicant’s organization is already funding.
Eligible Use of Funds
Funds are to be used for trees, shrubs, plants, seeds, bulbs, containers, mulching materials, etc. Please be cautious not to use invasive plant species.
Ineligible Use of Funds
No funds shall be used for administrative costs, salaries, tools or transportation.
Applicants shall maintain an accurate record of expenditures incurred and shall submit, if requested, these records upon project completion. Grant recipients should notify the committee upon completion and submit a photograph of the completed project.
Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
Need for project is adequately described
Project is designed to beautify and enhance a public space
Project does not duplicate existing programs
Goals and budget are clearly stated, specifically describing how the money will be spent
A plan is in place for maintenance of the project on a regular basis to include watering, weeding and pruning. The committee puts particular emphasis on this component of your project.
Priority is given to applicants with new projects. Repeat applications will be given consideration to complete a project already funded.