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Published on March 10, 2008

Author: Marco1


Community Greening Mini- Grants 2008:  Community Greening Mini- Grants 2008 Washington Parks & People:  Washington Parks & People Restores Washington by reconnecting two of its greatest but least utilized strengths: its vast networks of public lands and waterways and its diverse neighborhood people and institutions. Through the generous support of the TKF Foundation, the Community Greening Mini-Grants enable a larger city-wide impact to achieve Washington Parks & People’s mission. What is Community Greening?:  What is Community Greening? Community Building: Community members working together to improve our neighborhoods. Environmental improvement: Beautification efforts create and improve neighborhood green spaces, reduce noise, water and air pollution, create habitat. Health: Heal, nourish, learn, grow. Empowerment: Urban residents gain access to public policy, economic resources and social interaction. Green Jobs and Enterprise Cultural Heritage: Information exchange between many different generations. Basic Requirements:  Basic Requirements Community-based groups in Washington, D.C. Group must have a bank account or fiscal sponsor Must have right of entry to property Must have project coordinator and planning team Task list and realistic timeline that can be carried out within the grant period (Nov 15th, 2008) Budget and Tracking Evaluation and Assessment What makes a great project?:  What makes a great project? Plan/design for sustainability Community benefits Positive environmental impact Clear community need Community engagement plan Broad partnerships What do we fund?:  What do we fund? Greening: tree grove/ orchard/ arbor streetscape/schoolyard greening park/ trail/ stream bank restoration environmental education activities neighborhood beautification container plantings Community Gardens: vegetable/ herb garden native plant/ habitat garden rain garden healing/ hospitality garden gateway/ welcome garden memorial/ commemorative garden tribute/ ceremonial garden meditation/ spiritual garden heritage garden learning and discovery garden play garden children’s story/ fairy garden sensory garden rock garden water garden cultural/ international garden peace garden sculpture garden vertical garden container garden flower/ wildflower/ “weed” garden Other key components :  Other key components Edibility when possible Year-round life and use Climate-friendly landscaping: water efficiency, native trees, erosion reduction, low to no chemical use Realistic/ accessible design The Application:  The Application Due Date: February 15th, by 5pm. Mail or drop off to Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th Street, NW. Organization Information: inform reviewers of your groups purpose, history, and capacity Application continued::  Application continued: Project Description: lead reviewers through your process of planning and thinking thoroughly about the project Goals and approaches Preparation: Site permission Miss Utility 1800 257 7777 Implementation: How you plan to complete the project Task List Example March: Hold Community Meeting April: Pre-project Meeting Recruit Volunteers Make planting /plan design Purchase materials & supplies Schedule work days Slide10:  Volunteers: Be very realistic on how many you need Recruitment/ Community Engagement: - Form Partnerships: neighborhood commissioners, other community groups, organizations, local businesses, city council members - Get the word out! Talk to people, knock on doors, contact local papers - Maintain transparency: Host public community meetings Attend other community meetings Create signs to place at your site from day 1 Be open to comments, suggestions, and change - Involve all ages - Help people have meaningful impact - Sustain volunteers and partners for the long haul Application continued: Slide11:  Project Maintenance How often will somebody need to maintain the project? Will you need a water source? Does the soil need amending? Do you have proper sun exposure? Does your project need to be surrounded by a fence? Will you require truck access? Are you accessible to all? Do you protect against theft and vandalism? Application continued: Budget:  Budget Keep it simple Be realistic Partial funding Site other sources, if you have them Assess resources Slide13:  Extras: - Letters of support - Photos - Area map or drawing - List of board or committee members - Any other supporting documents Evaluation and Assessment Why Kids Garden, Resources Application continued: What happens next?:  What happens next? February 15th: Applications due Mid-Feb/Mid-March: Site visits End of March: Grantees notified A grant agreement will be sent with notification outlining the terms of the grant. Grant Payments: 90% of award will be sent with notification 10% balance will be sent upon project completion During your Project: Alert Liz Falk about upcoming workdays and events ( 202 462 7275, ext. 17) Save receipts and be sure expenditures are documented appropriately Slide15:  Questions?

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