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National Garden Bureau Accepting Applications for Therapeutic Garden Grants

Deadline July 1st, 2016
by NGB
June 24, 2016

National Garden Bureau, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of horticulture and support the benefits of gardening (#growingforfutures), will grant $5,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.

After fundraising for a vocational therapeutic garden in Chicago in 2014 then granting thousands of dollars to three therapeutic gardens in 2015, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) is again supporting gardens that promote the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants. Beginning this month, NGB will begin accepting applications from therapeutic gardens that meet the following set of criteria:

1. Have a defined program using the garden to further particular goals for participants lead by a qualified leader. Examples include horticultural therapy, occupational, physical, vocational or rehabilitation therapy in a garden setting or using gardening to promote positive social relationships within a community.

2. Offer a nature experience/interface for population served, including, but not limited to veterans, special-needs children or young adults, the elderly and/or those recuperating from specific injuries or addictions.

3. Be used for job-training, skill-building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly.

4. Involve a large number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis. From all the applications received, a group of horticulture therapy experts will narrow all applications down to three finalists. Those three finalists will then be asked to submit a one-minute video that will be posted on www.ngb.org. All involved parties will solicit feedback from the public, using Social Media, to vote on the garden they wish to receive the grants. The top vote-getter will receive $3,000, second and third place will receive $1,000 each.

The panel of experts to determine the three garden finalists are:

• Patty Cassidy, Registered Horticultural Therapist, American Horticultural Therapy Association board member and secretary

• Barbara Kreski, Director, Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden

• Julie Tracy, President, Julie+Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Growing Solutions Farm

• Heather Kibble, President, National Garden Bureau, Home Garden Vegetables Division Manager, Sakata Seed America To apply, therapeutic garden applicants should determine that they meet the criteria as outlined in this downloadable document (see below) and then complete this application (see below) and submit it to the NGB office by the deadline of July 1, 2016. “Now that we are in our third year of supporting therapeutic gardening efforts, we feel that we have a lot of traction and are able to bring more awareness to the many gardens throughout North America that are being created to help people rehabilitate from difficult situations. We encourage any and all groups who have a therapeutic gardening program to participate for the chance to win money to support their worthwhile projects.” states Heather Kibble, National Garden Bureau President. According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, horticultural therapy (HT) is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the "Father of American Psychiatry," was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.

HT techniques are employed to assist participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. A therapeutic garden is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. There are many sub-types of therapeutic gardens including healing gardens, enabling gardens, rehabilitation gardens, and restorative gardens.

For more information about this project or the National Garden Bureau, visit: www.ngb.org and follow #growingforfutures on Social Media. The National Garden Bureau is a non-profit organization in the horticulture industry with main offices in Downers Grove, Ill. Its mission is to raise awareness, provide education and increase the use of flowers and plants among gardeners and non-gardeners. For more information: www.ngb.org

2016 Therapeutic Garden Grant Criteria

The National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens.

PROGRAM CRITERIA Each year, the National Garden Bureau selects three therapeutic gardens to be the recipients of a grant that will help build or perpetuate a therapeutic garden. Those gardens will then compete via social media, for a first, second and third place prize of a financial contribution to their garden.

Gardens chosen must meet these criteria for therapeutic goals/qualities:

1. Have a defined program using the garden to further explicit goals for participants led by a qualified leader. Examples include horticultural therapy, occupational, physical, vocational or rehabilitation therapy in a garden setting or using gardening to promote positive social relationships within a community. 2. Offer a nature experience/interface for population served, including, but not limited to veterans, special-needs children or young adults, the elderly and/or those recuperating from specific injuries or addictions. 3. Be used for job-training, skill-building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly. 4. Involve a large number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY Schools, non-profits, hospitals, retirement centers, rehabilitation facilities, veteran’s facilities, community centers, day camps, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States and Canada are eligible. Applicants must have the plot of land in their possession at the time of application with at least a five-year commitment for a garden to be on that property.

FUNDING $5,000 is available and will be divided among the gardens chosen, with graduated amounts going to the first, second and third place contestants. First place will receive $3,000, second place $1,000 and third place $1,000.

SUBMISSION PROCESS July 15, 2016 - Applications due August 15, 2016 – Three gardens selected from all applications August 31, 2016 – Final one-minute videos must be submitted September 1, 2016 – Voting begins September 15, 2016 – Voting concludes October 1, 2016 – Votes tallied and winners determined October 15, 2016 – Winners will be announced and grants awarded

APPLICATION Applications must include: • A picture of the garden or site • A short description of the population the garden serves • An explanation of the garden’s goal and benefits • A list of the type and number of people the garden reaches on a monthly basis • A plan for how the funds will be used

AWARD FULFILLMENT Finalists will be notified via email by August 16, 2016

Finalists will then prepare a one-minute video explaining who the garden serves and what it achieves.

Winners will be notified via email by October 15, 2016.

Chosen gardens and grant recipients will be spotlighted on the NGB Growing for Futures website.

Awards will be distributed in October 2016.

POST-AWARD PROGRAM WINNERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING

• 5-10 photos of both plants and people in the garden (Garden is responsible for any model-release permissions needed.)

• A short biography of a gardener/client/patient who was helped by the garden that year.

2016 NGB THERAPEUTIC GARDEN GRANT APPLICATION

To complete this form, press the tabs key to move within the form. Place an “x” in the check boxes. Before closing, save your document using your organization’s name in the document title.

Organization Name:

Program Name/Title:

Contact Name: Contact Email:

Organization Address:

City: State/Province: Zip: Country: Main Phone: Contact’s Direct Phone:

Organization or Garden Website URL:

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Summarize your program and where it takes place:

Describe the population your program serves:

List the goals you have for your garden and its participants:

How many people does your program reach on a monthly basis?

How will this grant be used for the garden:

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Mail this form, along with photos (up to five) to: bheidel@aas-ngb.org

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