Seeds of Change® Offers $190,000 in Funding to Help Support School Gardens, Community Gardens and Farms
Organizations are encouraged to apply for one of several $20,000 and $10,000 grants
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Seeds of Change®, maker of organically grown seeds and nutritious organic foods, is announcing the return of its annual Seeds of Change® Grant Program. Now through March 31, local schools, food and nutrition education programs and garden- or farm-related organizations can apply for funding to support new or existing sustainable initiatives. This year’s program will offer $190,000 in grants to enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities across the U.S. The grants will be broken up into two $20,000 grants and fifteen $10,000 grants. The grant program is funded by the brand’s “1% Fund,” the company’s commitment to donate one percent of its global net sales to community-based nutrition, gardening and farming programs.
“At Seeds of Change we are passionate about connecting people to their food sources while promoting sustainable food practices. Without local gardens and farms, people can lose sight of how the foods they love make the journey from being a seed to an ingredient on their plate,” said Tim Snyder Vice President of Sales and Marketing, for Seeds of Change. “At Seeds of Change, we’re passionate about growing deliciously good food, and want to encourage more people to learn about the foods they love and how they’re grown. We created this grant program as a way to support those organizations that are helping to grow healthier, more sustainable communities.”
Seeds of Change® Grant Program
To enter, visit the Seeds of Change® Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/seedsofchange or www.seedsofchangegrant.com to complete an application and see the Program Guidelines. Applicants are encouraged to answer questions about how their organization or project helps educate its community about the food they eat through sustainable gardening and farming. From April 1 through April 21, 2014, applications will be available for public voting. The top 50 organizations that receive the most votes will then move onto the final judging phase. Grant recipients will be announced around May 5, 2014.
Seeds of Change® Pledge to Plant Sweepstakes
Seeds of Change® is inviting those who share our passion for healthy, sustainably grown food, to send their “Pledge to Plant” for a chance to receive a home garden package valued at $550. Fifty individuals will be randomly selected to receive a prize which includes a $250 donation to an eligible local school or community garden, a personal garden box, Seeds of Change® seeds and food and a Lowe’s® gift certificate to help get their garden started in their own backyard. The total value of all of the prizes awarded will be $27,500. Individuals can enter by “liking’ Seeds of Change on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seedsofchange and post your “Pledge to Plant” on our wall using the hashtag #SeedsOfChange or follow us on Twitter @SeedsOfChange and tweet your pledge @SeedsOfChange using the hashtag #PledgetoPlant.
About Seeds of Change®
Seeds of Change® was founded in 1989 by passionate gardeners with a vision to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the “advances” of modern industrial agriculture. For 25 years, we have remained true to our original vision by offering a wide selection of organic seeds including heirloom, traditional, and rare seeds. Our seeds are produced through a network of certified organic family farms and professional growers. Through these partnerships, we continually cultivate study and develop seeds with the goal of producing the finest certified organic varieties to share with our fellow gardeners and farmers. In 1997 our business expanded to also include Organic Food inspired by the notion that great taste and sustainability go hand in hand. We now offer a wide variety of Dry and Ready to Heat organic Rice and Grain varieties as well as organic cooking sauces. For more information about Seeds of Change® visit www.seedsofchange.com for our seed products and www.seedsofchangefoods.com for our food products. For additional information, please contact us at the information provided above or at Seeds of Change®, P.O. Box 4908, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.
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