The George E. Archer Foundation supports children's gardening programs conducted by schools and other youth-serving organizations in eight counties in south central Indiana – Bartholomew, Brown, Green, Jackson, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe and Owen. Since 2011, it has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants.
To qualify for funding, projects must advance the Foundation's purpose: “to teach boys and girls about gardening.” Recipients must be nonprofit organizations. Projects might include a variety of initiatives including schoolyard gardens, workshops for educators, curriculum support or gardening camps. Recent grant recipients are:
Boys and Girls Club, Bloomington – $625 for a tiller, tools and supplies for the summer garden program, Camp Rock
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Bloomington – $4,975.23 for landscaping and children's programming at the organization's new headquarters location
Jackson Creek Middle School, Bloomington – $5,000 for the installation of raised planting beds for a legacy garden
Urban Woodlands Project, Indiana University – $2,195 for a project in collaboration with Harmony School for planting edible native plants in a woodland setting on the IU campus.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank – $1,300 for potatoes to be planted by high school age youth.
Past recipients in Monroe County also include the Bloomington Project School, Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools, Kid City at Hilltop, Pinnacle School, Richland-Bean Blossom Foundation, and Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. Additional recipients are the Brown County YMCA, Nashville, McCormick's Creek Elementary School, and Kids With A Mission 4-H Club, Martinsville.
Basic grants are $1,000. For larger requests, the Foundation requires a letter of intent in advance of the grant application. The Foundation does not fund staff salaries.
We're proud of our role in helping boys and girls of all ages to learn about gardening, and we welcome grant applications from schools and other youth-serving organizations that need support to make their own garden dreams come true.
Judith A. Granbois, President
After a fairly mild beginning, southern Indiana seems to be experiencing the entire winter season condensed into a week or two. March greeted us with 4-6 inches of new snow on top of the substantial snow pack already on the ground. Hard to believe we'll soon be planting peas, but the catalogues are filling the mailbox, and it won't be long now.
We're launching 2015 with a couple of grants that are aimed at a wide swath of young people, from pre-school to high school.
The Archer Foundation offered grants to all public libraries in our eight-county service area (Bartholomew, Brown, Green, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties) to purchase books about gardening for young children. We can't start too soon to interest children in gardening.
At the other extreme, the Hoosier Hills Food Bank received a grant that will enlist high school age youth in growing a bumper crop of potatoes, requested by the food bank's client agencies.
We're proud of our role in helping boys and girls of all ages to learn about gardening, and we welcome grant applications from schools and other youth-serving organizations that need support to make their own garden dreams come true. Let us hear from you!
Judith A. Granbois, President