New Leaf Market Co-op Board Announces 2014 Grant Winners
The New Leaf Market Co-op Community Grant Committee is proud to announce the winners of the New Leaf Market Co-op 2014 grants: Nancy Morgan, Board member of Friends of Maclay Gardens and Lowell Collins and Patrick Laseur from Hooked Aquaponics.
Nancy Morgan’s project, Enhancing the Lake Overstreet Trails, will repair the connector trail between the Ravine Loop and the Lake Overstreet Loop of the Lake Overstreet Trail system. Friends of Maclay and Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park will supplement the $1,000 New Leaf Market Co-op Community Grant.
The second $1,000 grant goes towards Lowell Collins’ and Patrick Laseur’s Aquaponics Community Outreach project. They plan on expanding their existing aquaponics system with additional grow beds and fish environments and are hoping to create a learning center to educate the community on the value of growing food using aquaponic systems.
The New Leaf Market Co-op Community Grants are awarded in memory of Matthew Tansey and Bryce Buchanan to promote local food production, a sustainable environment and healthy lifestyles.
The New Leaf Market Co-op Community Grants are offered to promote local food production, a sustainable environment and healthy lifestyles. Two $1,000 grants are awarded annually. Applications will be accepted beginning in June 2015. For questions, please email Wendy Morgan or call 850-933-0831.
The following local organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply:
- Local organizations defined as nonprofit under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Projects which address childhood health and obesity concerns in the community
- Organizations which seek to reduce hunger or improve access to local, natural and/or organic food and products in the community
- Events, education programs and projects that focus on improving the quality of life for our communities’ residents, particularly as it relates to health, nutrition, education and environmental preservation
- Any local project that contributes to a sustainable environment
- Any business which builds relationships and co-operation in the community
- Classroom teachers in the community whose projects relate to the above criteria
Requests from the following organizations will not be considered:
- Political or advocacy groups
- Service clubs or fraternal organizations
- Third-party fundraisers
- Public clubs funded through membership fees
- Sporting events or sports teams