The Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA) is committed to giving
back to the community. At this time, the PCMGA derives its income from an annual
Gardening Show usually held in January and an annual Garden Walk usually held in July.
The PCMGA has developed the following policy for community outreach while continuing to
“help others grow” their gardening knowledge.
The deadline for Edible Garden Grant, Community Service Donation Requests and
Scholarship Applications is April 1 or earlier in the calendar year in which the award(s) will
be made (i.e., between January 1 and April 1, 2014 for 2014 awards).
Please click here to see the list of 2013 award winners.
Community Service Donation
The PCMGA will donate up to $500 per year to support charitable organizations
in Porter County and the immediate surrounding area. These organizations
must be involved in some way in gardening or horticulture. It is up to the
members of the PCMGA to decide how to disperse these funds. The money may
be divided among several organizations, as the members of the PCMGA
determine. For organizations interested in being considered for the
“Community Service Donation”, a request form and guidelines are available here.
The PCMGA will award annual community grants that will not exceed $250 each.
The number of grants will be up to the PCMGA and will be based upon monies
available and eligible grant applications received. All requests for a community
grant must be made in writing, on a form that is available here. Any individual
or group within Porter County and the immediate surrounding area is eligible to
apply for a grant. The only requirement is that the money must be used for
materials (not labor) for a gardening/horticultural-related volunteer project.
Decisions of the PCMGA are final. Applications are due in the Porter County
Extension Office by April 1st or earlier in the calendar year in which the awards
will be made. Submissions may be made after January 1st of that calendar year.
Money will be available for award winners by May 31st of the calendar year.
The PCMGA will award up to three annual non-renewable scholarships of $1,000
each to a college sophomore, junior, or senior who is majoring in the field of
landscape design, horticulture, botany, or a closely-related field. Please see the
scholarship guidelines and an application form here. The decision to give the
scholarship award rests fully with the Porter County Master Gardeners
Association. Applications are due in the Porter County Extension Office by
April 1st of the calendar year in which the award will be made.
Junior Master Gardener Programs
The PCMGA encourages the development of Junior Master Gardener (JMG)
programs and has funding available for JMG projects. Please contact the
PCMGA for additional information concerning grant money for these projects.
The Ways and Means Committee of the PCMGA is responsible for administering
the PCMGA Philanthropic Policy. Its recommendations are subject to approval
by majority vote of a quorum of the PCMGA membership by voice vote at a
meeting held in person, by conference call, by FAX, or by electronic mail. All
decisions of the Porter County Master Gardeners Association are final.
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From 2005 - 2013 the PCMGA made gifts of approximately $30,000 to Porter County
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