Two organizations are working together to show the importance of gardening in communities.
The two organizations will award five KAB community groups a total of $25,000 in grants and up to $6,500 in Troy-Bilt lawn care products.
KAB-certified affiliates in good standing were invited to apply for the Taking Root grant for a garden-oriented or outdoor beautification project such as starting a community garden, implementing an education program or embarking on a cleanup effort.
Among the applications received, five finalists were selected.
The public is encouraged to learn about each project and vote for a favorite on the Taking Root voting site by May 25.
The organization with the most votes will receive a $12,000 cash grant, plus up to $2,000 in Troy-Bilt products. The finalist with the second most votes will be rewarded with an $8,000 grant and up to $1,500 in equipment and the finalist with the third most votes will be rewarded with a $5,000 grant and up to$1,000 in equipment. The remaining finalists will receive Troy-Bilt products.
The five finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
- Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Keep Greenwood County Beautiful, Greenwood, South Carolina
- Keep North Platte and Lincoln Co. Beautiful, North Platte, Nebraska
- Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Tampa, Florida
- Newport News Public Works Recycling, Newport News, Virginia
Voters also will be entered into a sweepstakes, accruing one entry per day, to win a Lowe’s gift card and a cash donation on their behalf to a KAB affiliate. The prizes and donations will increase in value as the total number of votes increase.
Taking Root voting will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 25, and the winner will be announced on or around May 27.