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Need help beautifying your community? Grants can help

The St. Croix County Master Gardener's Association invites you or your organization to apply for a grant to help beautiful your community this year.

SCVMGA will be awarding a total of $3,500 in grant money. The requirements are that the project will benefit a non-profit or community service-based organization.

Types of projects previously funded include improvement of public spaces, community and civic gardening educational projects, and environmental stewardship. Horticultural educational projects aimed at youth or adults or projects aimed at growing food are also encouraged.

Some of the projects helped in past years include: rain gardens, school gardens, library and community gardens, gardens at senior centers, nursing homes and senior apartments. We have also awarded grants for Habitat for Humanity houses, prairie gardens, projects at St Croix and Pierce County fairgrounds, buckthorn removal, and youth projects.

Organizations within St. Croix and Pierce counties are eligible to apply. In the past projects in River Falls, Baldwin, Hudson, Spring Valley, New Richmond, Diamond Bluff, Glenwood City, Ellsworth, Plum City, Emerald, Troy Township, Somerset, St Joe Township and Glover Park have been helped.

Grant proposals must be submitted using our application and returned to Cheryl Edmonds at 535 Meadows Drive, Hammond, WI 54015 or by e-mail at by April 12, 2010.

Proposals must include a plan of action, along with a budget and time line of completion. Projects receiving monies are required to submit a final report to SCVMGA by Oct 1, 2010.

For more information or a copy of the application please contact Wendy Kramer at or 684-3642 and an application can be emailed or mailed. A copy of the application can also be found at, select 'Local Associations', scroll down to St Croix Valley Master Gardeners and click to access the page. About one-quarter of the way down the page there is a link to the grant application in PDF format.