Community Grant Program Administered by the
New River Valley Master Gardener Association
Every year the New River Valley Master Gardener Association (NRVMGA) awards Community Grants based on merit to any educational, care-giving, or community-based organization located in the New River Valley counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, or Pulaski and the City of Radford. The funds for the grants come from the MGA plant sale held annually in May, workshops to construct rain barrels, sales of painted and unpainted rain barrels and donations.
Community Grant Applications: The call for 2018 applications, for projects to be completed in 2019, will be posted here when available. To request information about the application requirements, contact Dianne Blount at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past, grants have been awarded to public and private schools, 4-H groups, public libraries, other educational groups as well as community gardens and nursing homes. Funding has been provided for, but is not limited to, creating public gardens (vegetable and flower), raising plants for sales (4-H), composting, purchasing plant labels and gardening tools, to name a few. The grants are intended to support programs seeking to educate, involve, and/or improve the quality of life for participants through a gardening related project.
In 2017, sixteen grant applications were received and thirteen grants were awarded for projects to be completed in 2018, for a total of $5,314. Click here to see a list of the grantees, their projects and award amounts for 2018 and 2017.
Each grant program awardee is paired with a master gardener liaison and is asked to complete brief interim and completion reports. Project completion reporting guidelines can be downloaded here Grant Reporting Guidelines
Internal Member Mini Grants Program
The NRVMGA also offers an additional program to supplement the educational grants program open to the community. The purpose of this program is to award “mini” grants to members of the MGA to support their projects of interest. Grants will be awarded based on merit to any active member for a gardening-based project with educational value and/or in support of a nonprofit organization. Qualifying projects may include existing service activities or grant projects, or new programs. Receipt of an Internal Mini Grant does not guarantee that the member’s time contributed to the project qualifies for service or educational hours. This determination will be made by the responsible extension agent.
Mini Grants are awarded for a maximum of $100.00 each. Individual members may apply for up to three such grants per year for different projects. Grants will be awarded until the fund for that year is exhausted. For the 2018 Grant Year, a total of $500.00 is available for Internal Mini Grants. Directions for applying are available here: Internal Mini Grant Application
For more information you may contact: Dianne Blount at email@example.com.