Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Green Grants a Go-Go [For Kids!]

I always loved when Paul Maclean in A River Runs Through It quips the headline "Cool Cal Communes with the Croppies!" So I'm working on my headline alliteration. I can't seem to come up with a "G" word for kids...

But I digress.

Several green-related grant opportunities have been making the rounds.

The first is "The Healthy Sprouts Award" sponsored by the National Gardening Association and Gardener's Supply as part of their mission to recognize health-focused youth gardens.

"To be eligible for the 2007 Healthy Sprouts Awards, your school or organization must plan to garden in 2008 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and nutrition and hunger issues in the United States."

Applications are due by October 15th and awards will be granted in January of 2008.

The second green grant is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, of all things: "The American Academy of Dermatology’s (Academy) Shade Structure Program are grant awards ($8,000 each) for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The Academy also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure promoting the importance of sun safety. The Academy receives support for this program from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company.

The deadline for grant applications is Wednesday, March 5, 2008.

The Shade Structure Program is open to non-profit organizations or educational institutions that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger.

Who may have it made in the shade!

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