The Beautification Mini-Grant Program
PRESS RELEASE – 2017 Mini-Grants Being Offered
The Exeter Area Garden Club is again offering the very popular mini-grant program. This program encourages beautification of local landscapes, whether individual or professional. Past recipients have been school groups, civic organizations, businesses and individuals wishing to beautify their little corner of the community. If you visualize a garden where there is none or wish to “give back” to your community, we will help achieve that goal. Funds may be applied to the purchase of trees, shrubs, bulbs, plants, seeds, mulch, etc.
All applications must be received by April 1, 2017. Grant recipients will be notified by May 1, 2017, with funds being disbursed at that time.
The club’s objective is to encourage interest in all phases of home gardening and to promote civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources.
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 $50 – $200 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.