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Unity Gardens grants grow leaders, plants, flowers

    Plants and flowers aren’t the only things that grow in a garden. Leadership and civic involvement can also bloom. That’s a motivating idea behind Unity Gardens, a nonprofit that backs its philosophy with dollars.
    “We want projects that build community partnerships, bringing in volunteers and creating opportunities for leaders to emerge and take on new projects,” says Unity executive director Barbara Dowling.
     Twice each year, Unity Gardens makes grants for purposeful gardens to neighborhood groups, schools, churches, scout troops and other community organizations in Anne Arundel County.
    Gardens have ranged from butterfly gardens to sea grass installations. Priority goes to gardens that use “native plants that can endure hot and dry weather and things that improve our environment, like rain gardens or pollinator gardens,” Dowling says.
    In its 15 years, Unity Gardens has awarded $300,000 to more than 200 organizations. Funding comes from foundation grants, corporate and individual donations and local government support.
    Grants up to $1,000 may be used for trees, plants and materials to support potential projects.
    Inquire early for help in writing your grant. Apply now through August 15: www.unitygardens.org.