Washington, DC, January 20, 2016 - Today the winners of the 2016 GRO1000 Gardens & Green Spaces Grant Awards Program were announced, during the The United States Conference of Mayors 84th Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. Four winning cities each received $40,000 in cash and product to develop and expand gardens and green spaces that will transform their communities. Read the press release.
About the GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards ProgramThe United States Conference of Mayors and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Program promotes and recognizes mayoral leadership in the development of greenscapes across the nation.
Why Gardens and Green Spaces?
To help drive garden and green space development in cities across the U.S., The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) established a partnership with ScottsMiracle-Gro's GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program. Through this partnership, the USCM and its membership will collaborate with ScottsMiracle-Gro to bring gardens and green spaces to communities across the United States. ScottsMiracle-Gro launched GRO1000 in 2011. The outreach initiative is designed to create 1,000 gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the Company's 150th anniversary.
The United States Conference of Mayors and ScottsMiracle-Gro are committed to the development of gardens and green spaces across the nation. USCM is focused on strengthening and expanding its community garden strategy to maintain a leadership role in stewardship and development of our nation's green spaces, to recognize outstanding leadership and innovative solutions and to identify model green space initiatives and best practices.
The United States Conference of Mayors was established 80 years ago and is the official nonpartisan organization representing cities with populations of 30,000 or more. The Conference represents the interests of more than 1,200 cities at the national level. The United States Conference of Mayors Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports (TAPES), currently chaired by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, has policy jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to travel and tourism, arts and culture, parks, entertainment industry and sports.
Mayors Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Steven Benjamin of Columbia, (SC), Frank Jackson of Cleveland, Joe Adame of Corpus Christi, and Edwin Lee of San Francisco, were awarded 2012 GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grants during the USCM's 80th Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. This was the first year in which cities competed for these grant awards. In 2013, other Mayors and cities that received GRO1000 grants included Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Betsy Price of Fort Worth, Cincinnati's Mark Mallory, Walter Maddox from Tuscaloosa (AL), and Mayor Bill Finch from Bridgeport (CT). 2014's class of GRO1000 grantees featured Mesa (AZ) Mayor Scott Smith, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Minneapolis
Mayor Betsy Hodges, Miramar (FL) Mayor Lori Moseley, and Houston Mayor Annise
Parker. Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon of
West Sacramento, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford, and Mayor Lovely A. Warren
of Rochester received 2015 GRO1000 Garden and Green Space Grants.
Over the last several years, the TAPES Committee has discussed and adopted a number of resolutions pertaining to cities increasing their number of green spaces, including community gardens. The mayors have specifically called for cities to develop, grow and maintain edible gardens in parks, on city hall land and in municipal community gardens.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is dedicated to helping people of all ages express themselves on their own piece of the Earth through industry-leading lawn, garden and outdoor living products and services. Launched in 2011, GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Groâ€™s community outreach initiative focused on bringing the multitude of benefits that gardens and green spaces provide to more cities, schools and communities, particularly to those in need. GRO1000 is committed to supporting the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces across the United States, Canada and parts of Europe by 2018, which is the companyâ€™s 150th anniversary. ScottsMiracle-Gro operates primarily in North America, along with businesses in Europe and Asia Pacific, and employs approximately 6,900 associates. The Company was founded in 1868 in Marysville, Ohio.
GRO1000 brings the joy of green spaces to communities each year by helping organizations turn their piece of the Earth into everything they imagine. The four focal areas of the GRO1000 program include:
â— Outdoor Playâ€“â€“creating natural playgrounds for youth
â— Urban Revitalizationâ€“â€“transforming vacant and abandoned properties
â— Nature Gardensâ€“â€“increasing pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes
â— Food Desertsâ€“â€“providing access to fresh healthy foods
Eligibility for Participation in the GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program
Every municipality in the United States is eligible to nominate one new or one substantial addition to an existing public garden, edible garden or green space within their community. All garden and green space projects initiated by the city government are eligible, including those projects developed and implemented in conjunction with community garden groups and other relevant community partners.
GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Application Criteria
Projects should address the following priorities:
All application submissions must include a letter of support from the mayor. PLEASE ADDRESS MAYORAL LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO TOM COCHRAN, CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYORS.
What Award Winning Cities Must Do
When making the decision to participate in the 2016 GRO1000 Program, please consider the following requirements of award winners:
What Award Winning Mayors and Their Cities Receive
An independent panel of advisors, comprised of former mayors and subject matter experts, will help select the winners of the GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program. The advisors will meet in early December to review the applications. The GRO1000 grants are open to USCM members and non-members. However, membership in good standing will be one of the factors the advisors will consider.
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