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Seed Money Ready for Planting

Unity Gardens wants to help green your community

Ann Schager (center) plants a Unity Garden with help from James and Lily von Rosenvinge.

From Glen Burnie to Severn Heights to Presidents Hill to Shady Side to Fairhaven, Anne Arundel gardeners seeking to green their communities turn for funding to Unity Gardens (www.unitygardens.org), which twice a year awards grants up to $1,000 to local groups creating neighborhood green spaces.
    In a decade, Unity Gardens has sowed over $200,000 in gardens planned and planted by 180 community groups. Unity’s seed money comes from foundation grants, corporate and individual donations and local government support.
    Now’s the time to write grants for gardens. Before you write, read Five Steps to Planning a Successful Project and other careful guidelines at www.unitygardens.org. Unity Gardens president Barbara Dowling and staffers also help you make your grant successful. Grants for fall 2013 accepted through August 31.
    If you’ve got a project in mind or imagination, start with a call or email to Dowling at 410-703-7530; unitygardensaa@gmail.com.