National Garden Clubs, Inc. Special Projects
The theme for President Gay Austins’s administration is Plant America, a singularly focused initiative on gardens and gardening. Both a call to service and a description of what NGC clubs do, Plant America supports the main reason that people say they join a garden club – to learn about gardening!
Covering any and every aspect of gardening, horticulture, garden design, and community service, it applies to every kind of garden: Blue Star plantings, vegetable gardens, community gardens, container gardening, neighborhood plantings, urban farms, low-water xeriscape gardens, etc.
Projects in local communities are what distinguish us from the work of other gardening organizations. Towns, cities, neighborhoods, and roadsides across the United States are all beneficiaries of National Garden Clubs projects.
In order to provide a vehicle to financially support the activities of our member clubs, a new grant program entitled “Plant America Community Project Grants” is being established to provide funding for new or existing projects of NGC member clubs in their respective communities across the United States. This will be a permanent fund with grants being awarded during each two-year administration. The goal for the fund is to become a self-sustaining endowment fund like the NGC Scholarship fund providing funding levels that make a significant impact in large projects.
In order that the members of National Garden Clubs see the immediate benefits of this grant program for their projects, the first grants will be given during the 2017-2019 administration.
Not only will the community projects funded from it enhance our nation, but, through project publicity, signage and materials bearing the Plant America logo, it provides the possibility of making our organization more visible.
NGC Partnership with AMES Companies, Inc.
Garden Tools 4 Garden Projects
NGC has formed a partnership with The AMES Companies, Inc. for a Garden Tools project. Founded in 1774, AMES is the largest U.S.A. manufacturer of gardening tools. AMES will grant tools up to a total of $5,000 (retail) for approved state or club landscaping projects/programs. The total amount available for all grants is $5,000. Clubs can apply for portions of the $5,000, as this amount is available to share. See NGC website for application and release forms. http://www.gardenclub.org/projects/ongoing-projects/ames-garden-tools.aspx