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The St. Croix County Master Gardener's Association (SCVMGA) wants to help beautify western Wisconsin communities this summer.

The SCVMGA will award a total of $3,500 in grant money. Projects must be conducted by a non-profit or community service organization. Deadline for applications is April 18th.

Proposals must include a plan of action, along with a budget and time line of completion. Projects that receive funding must submit a final report to SCVMGA by Oct 1, 2009.

Past projects funded include improvement of public spaces, community and civic gardening educational projects, and environmental stewardship. Horticultural educational projects aimed at youth or adults or projects aimed at growing food are also encouraged.

Some of the projects the Gardener's group has helped fund in past years include: Rain gardens, school gardens, library and community gardens, gardens at senior centers, nursing homes and senior apartments. Grants have also been awarded for Habitat for Humanity houses, prairie gardens, projects at St Croix and Pierce County fairgrounds, buckthorn removal, and youth projects.

Any organization within St. Croix and Pierce county is eligible to apply. Past projects have been completed in River Falls, Baldwin, Hudson, Spring Valley, New Richmond, Diamond Bluff, Glenwood City, Ellsworth, Plum City, Emerald, towns of Troy and St. Joseph, Somerset and Glover Park.

For more information or a copy of the application, go to or contact Wendy Kramer at or 715-684-3642.

Grant proposals must use the SCVMGA application form and be returned to Wendy Kramer via the USPS by April 18th.