2020 GCA Founders Fund
The GCA Founders Fund committee asks that all members take a moment to read, learn, and thoroughly review the three proposals and vote for your favorite. As club president, Hannah will record SGGC’s vote on the GCA website before the April 1 deadline, and the winning proposal will be announced at the GCA Annual Meeting in Asheville NC in May. GCA grants $30,000 for the finalist project and $10,000 for each of the two runners-up.

Please review summaries of proposals below and/or view pdf of all three proposal: http://bit.ly/GCA20FF

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Permaculture Sanctuary
1. Permaculture Sanctuary: Promoting Trauma Resilience through Regenerative Gardening
Proposed by: Twin City Garden Club, Zone VII
Seconded by: The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation, Zone VII

Children who have experienced trauma deserve a sanctuary. TCGC’s budding permaculture food and sensory garden, co–created with Crossnore’s Miracle Grounds Farm, serves 450 children daily, including 45 resident foster children. Crossnore’s environment supports cutting-edge techniques to gain power over pain through education, art and soil therapy--restoring souls through soil. The Founders Fund grant would elevate our flourishing garden to a far-reaching food forest.

View details of all proposals in Founders Fund pdf: http://bit.ly/GCA20FF
Growing It Green
2. Growing It Green in Paterson, NJ - Public School Rain Garden Project
Proposed by: Garden Club of Madison, Zone IV
Seconded by: Garden Club of Morristown, Zone IV

GC of Madison is sponsoring GSWA and Rutgers University to expand their transformational school rain garden program,
established in Paterson, NJ in 2017. Through GSWA’s hands-on environmental education programming, students are re-connected to nature through the planning, design and building of rain gardens as a solution to local storm water runoff and water pollution issues. As students learn about the need to protect the lands and waters around them, a mindset of stewardship is created.

View details of all proposals in Founders Fund pdf: http://bit.ly/GCA20FF
CheerMobile
3. CheerMobile: What Cheer Flower Farm on the Rhode
Proposed by: Perennial Planters Garden Club, Zone II
Seconded by: Newport Garden Club, Zone II

Flowers matter. What Cheer Flower Farm has turned abandoned factory land into an urban oasis,
organically growing and giving away 30,000 flowers per year to hospitals, shelters, recovery centers,
at-risk youth and seniors. The CheerMobile van will carry our educational programming including
flower arranging and art classes to those who can’t travel to us. Plus, we’ll gather stems donated by
florists, weddings and events, so we can give away thousands more flowers year-round.

View details of all proposals in Founders Fund pdf: http://bit.ly/GCA20FF
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