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By Kelli ReepThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Greening of Arkansas grants provide funding to grow community spaces
(Newsrooms: with art at www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/albums/72157655240491984)
LITTLE ROCK – Community spaces like gardens, parks and nature areas provide invaluable
quality of life for adults, children, and businesses – even pets. The Arkansas Flower
and Garden Show is investing in these areas by providing community beautification
grants through the Greening of Arkansas program.
Applications are currently being accepted from community and civic organizations for
beautification projects on public lands. Proceeds from the annual Arkansas Flower
and Garden Show fund the Greening of Arkansas program. Grant applications must be
postmarked by Oct. 2.
Since 2006, the Greening of Arkansas grant program has been funded from proceeds from
the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, along with financial support from other entities.
“Many times, citizens see opportunities to turn abandoned lots or areas around public
properties into more beautiful places for their community,” said Merilyn Tilley, chairman
of the Greening of Arkansas Committee. “The grants allow communities to create ornamental
gardens, neighborhood parks and other public spaces.”
Awards are available up to $2,500, and smaller grants are awarded based on a project’s
merits and overall benefits to the community.
The Greening of Arkansas program supports the development and ongoing care of community
gardens, neighborhood parks and high-profile public green spaces in towns across Arkansas.
Working in partnership with neighborhood residents, community organizations and city
agencies, the Greening of Arkansas Grant program was developed to promote the idea
of a greener and cleaner environment by encouraging civic plantings in the community.
This program can promote community pride, rejuvenate streets, re-energize neighbors,
and improve Arkansas’ image.
General requirements for applying for a grant are:
To apply, mail an original and three copies of the application as well as all related
material to Krista Quinn, executive director, Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, P.
O. Box 638, Conway, AR 72033. For more information, please contact Merilyn Tilley,
email@example.com, or Krista Quinn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, visit argardenshow.org.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact your county office
or research and extension center as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com