The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation announced the creation of its Hometown Community Garden and Greenspace Grant Fund with The Union County Foundation. The fund was opened to mark the 150th anniversary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and to further support the development of thriving gardens and greenspaces in its backyard of Marysville, Ohio.
The fund is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation’s commitment to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens and greenspaces to more people and more communities, especially in its hometown of Union County. The grant program symbolizes the 100th fund opened at The Union County Foundation and helps further its mission of enhancing the quality of life for local residents.
"We look forward to seeing the impact of this grant program on our community and its well-being for years to come," said Dave Vollrath, Executive Director of The Union County Foundation. "We’re proud to partner with ScottsMiracle-Gro to bring more gardens and greenspaces into the lives of our residents."
Residing in the Marysville community since 1868, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is deeply rooted in Union County. The corporate headquarters sits only a few miles from where the company was founded 150 years ago, and ScottsMiracle-Gro attributes the local community’s support as a critical factor in its success.
"This is a very special time for ScottsMiracle-Gro as we celebrate our 150th anniversary and reflect back on our company’s rich history," said Jim King, president and chairman of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation. "A big piece of that reflection is giving back to the local community that helped our roots grow so strong."
In its inaugural year, the Hometown Community Garden and Greenspace Grant Fund will support all types of community-driven greenscape projects, including community gardens, school gardens, athletic field refurbishments, beautification efforts, park restorations, and more. All nonprofit organizations having a primary impact in Union County are welcomed to apply.
About The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation
The mission of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is to inspire, connect and cultivate a community of purpose. The Foundation is deeply rooted in helping create healthier communities, empower the next generation, and preserve our planet. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds non-profit entities that support its core initiatives in the form of grants, endowments and multi-year capital gifts.
About The Union County Foundation
The Union County Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists individuals and organizations with fulfilling their charitable goals. The Foundation supports and enables the accumulation, investment, and distribution of charitable dollars to benefit the citizens of Union County. The Union County Foundation supports programs and projects of promise that are responsive to community needs. The Foundation’s assets support projects and organizations that strengthen Union County communities.