NWLA Master Gardeners give $20,000 in community grants

2045

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners have announced this year’s recipients of NWLAMG community grants.

NWLAMG awards grants to organizations and municipalities that support beautification and horticultural education within our community.

Of particular interest are projects that make a difference in the community, that are sustainable, and involve collaboration among local organizations.

The NWLA Master Gardeners awarded a total of $20,000. The winners of the community grant program are:

  • Caddo Career & Technology Center – $2800: The students at Caddo Career & Technology Center will design and plant a beautification garden, fabricate a garden sculpture, and build a masonry border for the garden as a part of their ongoing curriculum.
  • Caddo Parish Magnet High School – $7,265: The high school plans a beautification of the corner of Stoner Avenue and Viking Drive to increase public visibility.
  • Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission – $7,000: A homeless shelter garden will be built and maintained, which will be educational, nutritional and a work therapy project.
  • Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines of the Gulf – $1000: A discovery garden at the Red River Refuge will be built and maintained to get the girls inspired about gardening.
  • Greater New Zion M.B.C. – $735: The church will install a community garden that will be used to enhance the value of nutrition and preservation of ecology, and will involve children and seniors.

The NWLA Master Gardeners launched this program in 2010 as a way to give back to the community after all the support given each year for the Le Tour des Jardins, Fall Bulb Sale, and Spring Plant Sale.

The mission of the Master Gardeners is to educate the public about gardening and engage the community in horticultural pursuits. Giving these grants allows them to multiply their efforts by aiding and funding projects envisioned, implemented and maintained by other groups.

For more information on the Community Grant Program or each individual grantee, please call the NWLA Master Gardeners at (318)469-9222.