Tell us something about your community and your organization and what your role is there.
Why does your community (defined as the area where you work–a hollow, a watershed, a county or two) need a Grow Appalachia program?
In broader and then more focused language, tell us what it is you will do with the grant and what the real impact will be from this work. Tell us how many families you will work with, how many individual gardens you will install and how many community gardens you will work with.
Who will you be working with in your community to make the work deeper and richer?
What activities will you try to accomplish throughout the year that can add some income back into your program? (Think program sustainability)
Grow Appalachia requires 6 classes: planning a garden, planting a garden, maintaining a garden, food preservation, heart-healthy cooking, and season extension. How will you administer those classes in your community to your participants? Please keep in mind that these classes must be taught at appropriate times throughout the year. You cannot teach food preservation classes for the first time in October or season extension classes in June.
Funds from a Grow Appalachia grant can only go towards organic gardening, education and resources. Non-organic (conventional) practices, amendments, sprays and education are not encouraged and cannot be covered through this grant.
How will you encourage your growers to think about selling at your local farmers market? (Not required but highly recommended where appropriate.)
We require detailed reports that are due in April, July, September and November. Reports are robust Excel documents that are taught at the partner site gathering and on-going assistance is provided throughout the year.
All sites are required to blog once a month, starting in March and ending in October. How will you make sure your blogs are written and submitted on time?
Please attach the most recent version of your organization’s operating budget to your submission.