ELIZABETH, NJ - Applications are now open for the 2020 'Union County Means Green' community garden grants program, an initiative which supports improved nutrition as well as new opportunities for recreation, social activities, education and community service through the experience of growing fresh produce in local neighborhoods.

Any Union County municipality or local nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is welcome to apply for a 'UC Means Green' grant. Groups organized as LLCs or other commercial entities are not eligible to apply. Gardens must be located on municipal property or on property owned by a nonprofit organization --gardens located on privately owned or commercial property are not eligible.

In addition to traditional soil-based gardens, eligible garden types include but are not limited to rooftop gardens, vertical gardens, aeroponic gardens, mushroom gardens, milk crate gardens, pollinator gardens (must include food-producing plants), rain gardens (must include pollinator-attracting and food-producing plants), hay bale gardens, forest gardens and more.

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Applications for a 2020 grant are due by March 27.

The non-profit organization Groundwork Elizabeth administers UC Means Green on behalf of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information and a downloadable application form, visit ucnj.org/garden-grant, call Groundwork Elizabeth at 908-289-0262, or contact info@groundworkelizabeth.org.