It’s down to the final four in The Toro Company’s Green Spaces Make Great Places grant program, and Project EverGreen is one of the finalists. The all-new community grant program will award $15,000 to communities and non-profits to
The public can vote through Dec. 14, 2012, and help determine which organization receives the largest grant to support their program. The organization with the most votes via the Facebook contest will receive $7,000. The program with the second most votes will receive $4,000, and the third- and fourth-place winners will each receive $2,000. Click here to cast your vote.
“We created this grant program to give back to the community and carry on our tradition of beautifying green spaces around the country,” says Judson McNeil of the Toro Giving Program. “Every organization deserves to win, and we’re thrilled to help in some way with their effort.”
The Green Spaces Make Great Places finalists include:
Project EverGreen (Cleveland, Ohio) works to preserve and enhance yards, parks and other green spaces. The organization would use the funding to help expand its Our GreenCare for Communities programs, which include renovation programs, and GreenCare and SnowCare for Troops initiatives that support military families by completing yard work and snow removal.
Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 (Lincolnshire, Ill.) is located 40 miles north of Chicago. It would use the grant to renovate the landscape and hardscape surrounding the playground at Laura B. Sprague elementary school, which is badly deteriorated.
Tree Trust (Plymouth, Minn.) provides a variety of community forestry and employment training programs for disadvantaged youth. With the funding, Tree Trust plans to hold community tree-planting events and organize environmental-improvement projects.
VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads (Norfolk, Va.) is a regional nonprofit resource and training center. It would use the funds to engage area youth in environmental projects as part of its Global Youth Service Day.
To learn more about each of the organizations, the public can view their videos here.