2017 Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant Application
Slow Food Bluegrass is excited to offer our 2017 School Garden Grant, created specifically to support a school garden project based in Louisville, KY. This grant totals $5,000 and will be distributed over the course of three years: $2,500 in year one, $1,500 in year two, and $1,000 in year three.

To be eligible for a Slow Food Bluegrass Garden Grant, applicants must be a (a) 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or (b) nonprofit (public or private) K-12 school, developing a student garden project focused on connecting and engaging children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Please note that priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects clearly demonstrating strong buy-in from stakeholders.

Applications will be accepted between November 30, 2016 and March 1, 2017 only. Grant recipients will be announced on or by March 8, 2017.

Applicant Requirements
• Applicant must be (a) a nonprofit school or school district (public, private or charter, elementary, middle or secondary), (b) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with one or more schools or (c) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an approved JCPS Out-of-School Time (OST) program.

• Applicant must have the capacity to manage grant funds responsibly and the skills and experience necessary to undertake a project involving the Garden Project.

• Applicant must demonstrate that the Garden Project has strong participation from stakeholders, including the school principal or 501(c)(3) program director (as applicable), volunteers and members of the community.

• Applicant must demonstrate that thoughtful consideration is being given to the technical challenges of the Garden Project construction, expansion or renovation and regular maintenance: including, but not limited to, soil testing, water availability, tool storage and municipal regulations.

• Applicant must articulate a compelling plan for integrating the garden into the life of the students and community, and must have plans to put the garden’s produce to good use.

•Applicant must comply with the grant terms and report expenses yearly in order to receive the next years grant funds.

How to Apply
Please complete all required application information, and then e-mail any additional documentation requested to slowfoodbluegrass@gmail.com. Applications must be received before midnight on March 1, 2017.
Applicants will be notified by e-mail when their application has been received, and will be notified by email again when their application has been either approved or declined. Grant outcome notifications will be on March 8, 2017.
Reporting & Compliance
• Grant recipient holds full legal and financial responsibility for its garden project.
• Grant funds are subject to audit; receipts must be kept by grant recipient for 5 years.
• Grant recipient must complete basic accounting and reports, to be furnished by email to slowfoodbluegrass@gmail.com.
• Grant recipient will submit a minimum of 5 garden photos each year to Slow Food Bluegrass.

Applications must be complete in order to be considered and cannot be changed once submitted. Grant funds will only be disbursed after a Grant Agreement has been signed and returned by the grant recipient. Final funding decisions will be made and grants will be awarded exclusively by Slow Food Bluegrass. Funds for the three-year award will be disbursed to recipients annually in advance at the beginning of each grant year. Grant recipients must submit receipts annually for garden expenses that are equal to or greater than that year’s annual award amount prior to receiving the next year’s funds. All grant recipients will be required to complete a questionnaire and end-of-grant survey at the end of each year when an installment of the grant is received.

For any questions related to the application process, please contact slowfoodbluegrass@gmail.com.

Thank you for your commitment to gardening and to helping grow healthy kids in our community.

Garden Grant Application Part 1
Applications will be accepted between November 30, 2016 and March 1, 2017 only. Grant recipients will be announced on or by March 8, 2017.

Please provide basic required information about the applying entity: the school, district, or nonprofit organization to which the grant will be paid.

Your Name
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Street Address
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City, State/Province & Zip Code
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What is your role in this garden project?
Teacher at a school, Employee of a school or district, Employee of a nonprofit organization, Parent or volunteer Food Corps Service Member, Other
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How did you hear about this opportunity?
From an email, website or social network, from a friend, in an article or news story, other
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The applicant is
The school, district, or nonprofit organization to whom the grant would be paid.
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