DeKalb County Community Gardens seeks votes in online grant contest

Online Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — The DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) has entered the Seeds of Change Grant Program for an opportunity to receive one of two $20,000 or one of 15 $10,000 grants.

The grants will be awarded to organizations that help support and develop sustainable, community-based gardening programs that focus on teaching people where their food comes from and the delicious ways it can end up on your plate.

The Seeds of Change Grant Program works to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities.

DeKalb County Community Gardens submitted an application explaining how they would use the grant to achieve its goals and is now asking the community for support through the public voting phase on and at

The funds from the Seeds of Change grant would be used to fund the establishment of a community food forest and Annie Glidden Community Orchard. This grant would enable DCCG to plant an acre of vegetables, along with a variety of fruit and nut trees and berry bushes. DCCG would also establish a prairie and natural habitat for bee hives. The grant would also allow DCCG to expand its educational reach by providing a permanent location for teaching sustainable growing methods to residents of all ages.

Dan Kenney, executive director of DCCG, said: “We are asking supporters of DCCG to vote for us once a day until April 21. This grant will help us to expand and meet more of the need for fresh, healthy food now and for generations to come.”

From now through April 21, supporters will have an opportunity to vote once per day for the organization they feel most deserves a grant based on the organization’s demonstration of how the grant would help it to achieve its goals. After voting closes, the top 50 organizations with the most votes will move to the final judging phase, after which the grant recipients will be announced on or about May 5.

For more details, contact Kenney at (815) 793-0950 or

Posted April 16, 2014

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