The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGs) have small grants available for schools in Asheville and/Buncombe County, to create Learning Gardens for students. Grant awards vary, but the average amount is $250. School Grants Program applications will be evaluated to determine how well the applicant’s program meets the Extension Master Gardeners’ mission. Some of the selection criteria to be considered include type of program for which the funds are sought, educational goals of the program, and number of students to benefit.
Learning Gardens provide hands-on educational experiences allowing students to apply concepts in math, science, and environmental education, even art and literature, in practical settings. Helping area schools is one way the EMG volunteers serve the community. Since 2007, the group has donated nearly $10,000 to 19 schools, supporting more than 275 teachers, and over 4,000 students. Funds for the school garden grants are raised through EMG events, including the bi-annual garden tour.
Application deadline is April 30, 2012. Full details and applications may be found at the Buncombe County Extension website: www.buncombe.ces.ncsu.edu. Click on the Lawn & Garden link, then see Selection Criteria for School Grants Program for information and to download an application. Questions, call the Extension Office at (828) 255-5522.
The Mission of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County is to provide education and current research-based urban horticultural information through North Carolina Cooperative Extension programs and activities, while striving to improve and preserve our natural environment.