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By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of AgricultureSept. 17, 2019
(286 words)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
LITTLE ROCK – The deadline to apply for community beautification funding through the
Greening of Arkansas grant program has been extended this year to Oct. 31.
The grant program, which began in 2006, provides up to $2,500 in funding to applicants
for the beautification of public spaces throughout the state. The program is funded
through proceeds from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. The 2020 show, which will
take place Feb. 28, 29 and March 1 at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, is now in its
Mary Beth Rogers, executive director for the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, said
the long-running program provides an excellent opportunity for communities throughout
Arkansas to boost morale and community spirit through creative use of horticulture
and natural features.
“These grants are perfect opportunities for civic groups and communities to beautify
a public space with creative landscaping or an ornamental garden,” Rogers said. “It’s
amazing what a few well-placed shrubs or ornamentals can do for an area. Over the
last decade, we’ve seen dozens of projects that have truly enhanced some otherwise
plain or unwelcoming spaces.”
The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2019. Recipients will be announced in December.
The general requirements for applying for a Greening of Arkansas grant include:
To learn more about the grant program and to download an application, visit https://argardenshow.org/grants_scholarships/#grants.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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 (insert appropriate
office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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