The deadline has been extended for the new Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants program. Applications for matching grants of up to $3,000 will be accepted until Sunday, May 15.

The program is funded by the Freeholder Board and administered by the non-profit organization Groundwork Elizabeth.

 “If you are interested in applying for a grant, I encourage you to take this opportunity to help make your community garden a success,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

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The Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants program is part of Chairman Bergen’s 2016 “Union County Means Green” 2016 initiative for environmental outreach. It is designed to help start new community gardens, and to improve existing gardens, throughout Union County.

Funding from the Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants is available to non-profit civic organizations and agencies including historical societies, community centers, senior centers, municipal agencies or departments, and volunteer civic groups such as municipal Environmental Commissions and neighborhood associations. At this time funding is not available to schools or school districts.

More details and downloadable application forms are available on the County website, at

For additional information contact Groundwork Elizabeth at