ELIZABETH, NJ - Applications for the 2020 'UC Kids Dig In' grant program have been sent to all school districts in Union County. The program is designed to help schools provide students with new educational and community service activities, by building and tending vegetable gardens on their premises.

The UC Kids Dig In initiative, now in its fourth year, has issued 172 grants for school gardens.

All schools in Union County with students in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply for a 'Kids Dig In' grant. The grants are funded through the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. No prior experience in gardening is necessary to qualify for a 'UC Kids Dig In' grant. Awardees receive guidance from the 'UC Kids Dig In' grant administrator, Groundwork Elizabeth.

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Grant application forms have been sent to school superintendents in all Union County school districts. The deadline for submissions is March 20 at 5 p.m.

Principals and educators who are interested in having their school apply for a grant should contact Victoria Durbin-Drake, Administrator, Office of the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund at vdurbin@ucnj.org or call 908-558-2277.