Philanthropic Policy
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.

Applications for 2014 awards must be submitted to the Porter County Extension
Office by March 14, 2014 or mailed by March 7, 2014.  Late applications will be
considered in July 2014.

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

Community Grant
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. Money will be available for award
winners by May 31st of the calendar year.

Edible Gardens
The PCMGA will award $250 toward edible gardens.  More info.

Scholarship Program
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.

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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The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service is an Affirmative Action, equal access/equal opportunity institution.
Since 2005 the PCMGA has made gifts of approximately $34,250 to organizations in
and around Porter County, IN.
Porter County Master Gardeners Association