In 2017 The Portland Garden Club received a record 24 grant applications. Some were from larger cultural institutions, some from research agencies, some from farm or food-based non-profits, and many from schools with plans to raise a new generation of gardeners. The following were chosen by the grant committee as the 2017 grant recipients:
HOME FORWARD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS to restore a much-used community trail in the Hillsdale neighborhood of southwest Portland by managing storm water, helping to prevent erosion, and creating a habitat for wildlife. Improvement of the trail will provide a safe and direct path for students from Stephens Creek Crossing Housing project to Robert Gray Middle School. Community volunteers are already partnering with SOLVE and the Audubon Society, and a class of 4th graders from Portland Jewish Academy is involved in planting native materials along the trail in the Fanno Creek watershed.
RIGLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL as a matching grant to provide nine months of science-based garden education for all 475 of its students through the Grow Portland program. These lessons are delivered in both English and Spanish to one of the most diverse school populations in the city. Children in the Cully neighborhood attendance area would not otherwise have exposure to soil biology, horticulture, plants, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from eating fresh vegetables they have planted themselves. It is the hope of the school staff that investing in horticultural skills now for their students will lay a foundation for deeper conservation values as they grow up.
“Grow Portland garden class for Rigler Elementary first graders”
SCHOOLYARD FARMS to enhance the curriculum for students in one elementary and one high school in East Multnomah County by incorporating the STEAM curriculum (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) into their weekly gardening lessons. Schoolyard Farms is the first organization in Oregon to scale up a school garden to a school farm, actually growing food on a production level to be sold to the community or made available to families through food pantries and CSAs. Funds from the grant will go to purchase class sets of equipment for the STEAM program such as soil thermometers, hand lenses, trowels, scientific notebooks, and wet weather gear.
Each year The Portland Garden Club offers three monetary grants of $2500 to non-profit agencies in the metropolitan area whose focus is on conservation, horticulture, or education, and whose activities are aligned with the mission statement of The Portland Garden Club.
In 2018 The Portland Garden Club will offer a total of four Community Outreach grants of $2500 apiece.
Complete this form and return it to The Portland Garden Club by February 28, 2018. Recipients will be announced in April, 2018.