YMCA of Greater Erie

DOWNTOWN YMCA NEEDS COMMUNITY TO GET OUT THE VOTE FOR THEIR SEEDS OF CHANGE® GRANT APPLICATION

Local Non-Profit Vying to Win One of Several $20,000 and $10,000 Grants from the Certified Organic Seed and Food Company

[Erie, PA (March 31, 2016) – The Downtown YMCA Childcare has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program for an opportunity to win either a $20,000 or $10,000 grant and is asking the community to get out and vote for their application. The Grant Program aims to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms and communities. The grants will be awarded to organizations that help support sustainable, community-based gardening and farming programs that focus on teaching people about the food they eat and how it’s grown.

Earlier this month, the Seeds of Change® Grant Program accepted hundreds of applications from organizations and schools across the country. The YMCA Childcare submitted an application highlighting how they would use a Seeds of Change® Grant to grow their gardening program and achieve their goals. Last year, the Downtown YMCA Childcare started having a member of Master Gardener’s come in to teach the children and their families about container gardening. The garden has been placed on the rooftop, but the lack of space made these classes challenging.  If awarded the grant, the Downtown YMCA Childcare plans to continue these classes, as well as adding gardening space and create other improvements to the rooftop area.

From now through April 18, the community can get out the vote and support local gardening and farming programs by visiting the Seeds of Change® website www.seedsofchangegrant.com and voting once per day. After voting closes on April 18, the top 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase. Around May 3, Seeds of Change® will announce 24 grant recipients: 12 school garden recipients and 12 community garden recipients. Of these grant recipients, (2) two school gardens and two (2) community gardens will receive $20,000 and ten (10) school gardens and ten (10) community gardens will receive $10,000.