Welcome to the 2019 Union County Means Green Community Garden grant program!
Mission The Union County Means Green community garden grant program provides new opportunities for improved nutrition, education, recreation, social activities and volunteer service in local neighborhoods through the experience of growing local food.
UC Means Green is administered on behalf of the Freeholder Board by the non-profit organization Groundwork Elizabeth.
Schedule Applications for 2019 are now being accepted. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Applicants will be notified of their award on or about Thursday, April 11.
Eligibility Municipal entities in Union County and local non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status may apply. Other volunteer organizations may also apply but they must designate a local 501(c)(3) organization or municipal entity to accept an award on their behalf. LLCs and other commercial enterprises are not eligible.
Municipal applicants may include administration buildings and other facilities such as public libraries, public housing, senior housing, senior centers, community centers, recreational facilities and public works facilities in any of the 21 Union County municipalities.
Garden Innovations UC Means Green welcomes applications for conventional soil-based raised bed gardens as well as innovative projects including hydroponic gardens, rooftop gardens, vertical gardens, aeroponic gardens, mushroom gardens, milk crate gardens, pollinator gardens (must include food-producing plants), rain gardens (must include both pollinator-attracting and food-producing plants), hay bale gardens, forest gardens and more.
Agreements All awardees must agree to donate a portion of their harvest to the community and enroll in Come Grow With Us, a community garden information and resource sharing network run by Groundwork Elizabeth.