EcoWeek,  March 13, 2006

Home Depot, Evergreen invite applications for 2006 Rebuilding Nature grants

TORONTO, ONT-The Home Depot Canada and Evergreen are accepting applications until March 31 for the 2006 edition of their joint Rebuilding Nature grant program. The program's purpose is to promote the regeneration of urban areas by awarding grants of up to $8,000 to community stewardship groups for projects such as habitat restoration and community gardens. Company president Annette Verschuren noted that The Home Depot has invested nearly a quarter of a million dollars in the program over the past two years, including a total of $120,000 this year. Grants will be awarded to a maximum of 30 applicants for projects such as native greenery, planting, habitat maintenance, caring for community gardens containing native plants, enhancement and development of trails and boardwalks, and public education. The groups receive a combination of funding, tools and materials, as well as volunteer and expert resources that will cover up to 50% of total project costs. Grant recipients will be notified in April 2006, and projects must be underway by December 2006. The grant is available to groups working on urban environmental stewardship projects in Canadian cities and towns. Eligible groups must be community-based, and projects must be open to all participants. Application forms and program details are available on the Evergreen Web site, Evergreen, a national nonprofit environmental organization, promotes urban naturalization projects through its three core programs: Learning Grounds (transforming school grounds), Common Grounds (protecting and conserving public open spaces) and Home Grounds (for the home landscape).

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