Grants

The Lexington Chapter of Wild Ones offers two types of grants.

1.) Chapter members can apply for our Public Garden Grant and receive $500 to support the planting of a garden on publicly accessible ground.

2.) Our chapter also awards 5 grants of $100 each to support the planting of curbside gardens on private property.

The criteria and application information for these grants appear below.

 

2022 LEXINGTON WILD ONES PUBLIC GARDEN GRANT

Overview

The grant funds a project that generates public appreciation for native plant landscapes. Grant funds can be used to create a new garden or expand an existing garden.

Eligible Projects

 The garden area must be in a county where at least one Wild Ones member lives. It must be located on a site that is open to the public: a park, public greenspace, school, library, church, the public area of a homeowners association, a not-for-profit institution or a business with publicly accessible grounds. Gardens on private residential properties are not eligible. (The application must include a written project approval from the location’s owner.)

Eligible Applicants

The applicant must be a Lexington Wild Ones chapter member or must become a member before the grant will be awarded. Chapter members may apply on behalf of a group to which they will provide guidance and oversight to ensure the grant goals are achieved.  The Wild Ones member applicant should be involved throughout the project and serve as the grant point of contact.

Eligible Expenses

Grant funds may be used for plants, seeds, or garden materials such as mulch, stone, garden edging, etc. Grant funds should not be used for labor.

Timeline

Applications Due April 8, 2022
Award Date May 3, 2022
Outcome Report October 28, 2022
Wild Ones Event Garden Visit 2023

Award Criteria

Grants are awarded based on the proposal’s suitability to the site and the project’s long-term sustainability. If no suitable or sustainable project is proposed, a grant is not awarded this year.

Before grant funds can be distributed an expense prospectus based on the garden design must be submitted. The prospectus should outline how much money will be spent on shrubs (include number and container size), herbaceous plants (include number and container size), mulch (include quantity) or other items.  Once the prospectus has been reviewed and approved, the Wild Ones Treasurer will issue a check for the grant funds.

Outcome Reporting

1.) Provide a list of all grant-covered expenses and receipts.

2.) Submit a brief description of positive and negative experiences, and lessons learned from them (200 to 400 words). Timeline photos of the garden are suggested for inclusion.

3.) Provide a brief explanation of why plants were selected.

 

Application for Wild Ones 2022 Public Garden Grant

               (To apply, please provide the following information)

I. Applicant Information

  1. Name (must be a Wild Ones member)
  2. Phone
  3. Email
  4. Group or organization involved (if any)

II. Project Description (Please describe the project including)

  1. Location
  2. Site preparation plan
  3. Type of garden planned (rain garden, pollinator garden, shade garden, stream buffer or other)
  4. Predominant plants to be included
  5. How the public would access this location

III. Future Garden Management

Describe the future management of the garden created at this location. Name the person and/or organization that will take responsibility for its upkeep (200 words or less).

IV. Attach the following:

  1. Written permission from owner.
  2. A picture of the project location as it currently exists.

V. Submit Your Proposal

Send a paper copy with all attachments to Laura Cole, 1511 Thames Drive, Lexington, KY 40517.

Note: Members of our Wild Ones Board are prepared to offer support and advice, when asked, prior to submission and throughout the project period. They will also continue to be available for consultation about the management of the garden after completion. Please email Beate [email protected]  for questions.

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2022 LEXINGTON WILD ONES CURBSIDE GARDEN GRANT

Overview                           

Wild Ones Lexington is sponsoring five Curbside Garden Grants to encourage the planting of native plants in the area between the sidewalk and street.  This area, sometimes called the easement or median, is government right-of-way property maintained by the owner.

The city supports projects that beautify the city’s green spaces and provide pollinator-friendly landscaping.  If you have wanted to try planting a small native garden in your yard next to the street, but aren’t sure how to start, this is the project for you.  Wild Ones will help fund it and the city has a website, https://www.lexingtonky.gov/PlantByNumbers, to provide design suggestions, yard preparation steps, maintenance suggestions and much more.

Five grants of $100 each will be awarded unless suitable applications are not received.  This is a reimbursement grant and receipts for purchases will be required before funds are distributed.

Guidelines and Restrictions

Since curbside easements are government right-of-way property, city guidelines apply and in some cases HOA rules may be a factor.  Please note, the grant applicant alone is responsible for ensuring that the planting does not violate city guidelines or HOA rules.

These guidelines include:

  • Plants must not block visibility of the street for cars pulling in and out of a driveway.
  • Plants must be maintained at or below 2 ½ feet height.
  • Plantings must be maintained so plants do not block the sidewalk.
  • Consideration must be given to people exiting vehicles parked on the street, trash cart placement, etc.
  • Allow for 10 feet of clearance around fire hydrants for accessibility.
  • Call 811 to have utility lines marked before digging. In many neighborhoods utility lines are in this area.

This is not intended as an inclusive list of items for consideration.  If you have questions contact Laura Cole at [email protected]. Please note that the email subject line must be “WO Curbside Garden Grant” in exactly this format.

 Eligible Projects

The garden area must be located in the sidewalk easement or median; this is the government right-of-way area between the sidewalk and the street.  The garden must contain 90% native plants.  Although non-native plants may be included in the garden, funds will not be provided for non-native plants.

 Eligible Applicants

The applicant must be a Wild Ones Lexington chapter member or must become a member before the grant will be awarded.  The Wild Ones member applicant must serve as the grant point-of-contact.

 Eligible Expenses

Grant funds may be used for native plants, native plant seeds, or garden materials such as mulch, stone, garden edging, etc. Grant funds are not to be used for labor.

 Timeline

Applications Due April 8, 2022
Grant Recipient Announcement Date

Final Receipt Due Date

May 3, 2022

Dec. 15, 2022

Ideally, planting should be completed within the calendar year.  If there are unforeseen circumstances and an extension is needed, the applicant should contact the Grant Committee at Laura Cole at [email protected].  Please note that the email subject line must be “WO Curbside Garden Grant” in exactly this format.

 Award Criteria

Grants are awarded based on the proposal’s suitability to the site and long-term sustainability. If no suitable or sustainable projects are proposed, grants will not be awarded this year.

Before grant funds can be distributed, receipts for purchases must be submitted.  Receipts will be reviewed to be sure funds were spent as specified.

If receipts are not received by December 15 of the grant award year, the grant will be considered void.  Funds will not be distributed for receipts received after December 15 of the grant year.

Outcome Reporting

We ask for a monthly picture of the site during the months of June, July, August, September, October and November of the grant year.  Pictures should be submitted electronically and will become the property of Wild Ones Lexington chapter.

Application for Wild Ones 2022 Curbside Garden Grant

(To apply, please provide the following information)

I. Applicant Information

  1. Name (must be a Wild Ones member)
  2. Phone
  3. Email
  4. Group or organization involved (if any)

II. Project Description (Please provide the following information):

  1. Address and location of the garden on the property,
  2. Site preparation plan,
  3. Garden design.

III. Future Garden Management

Name the person and/or organization that will take responsibility for garden upkeep.

IV. Attach the following:

  1. A picture of the project location as it currently exists.

Submit Your Proposal

Send a paper copy with the project location picture to Laura Cole, 1511 Thames Drive, Lexington, KY 40517.

Note:

Members of our Wild Ones Board are prepared to offer support and advice, when asked, prior to submission and throughout the project period. They will also continue to be available for consultation about the management of the garden after completion. Please email Dale Epperson at [email protected]  for questions.