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3/31/2014 12:02:00 AM
Local organization finalist for national grant
KGCB’s Seaboard Jardin Maravilloso Community Garden, one of more than 20 such gardens throughout Greenwood County. (Photo courtesy of Keep Greenwood County Beautiful)
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KGCB’s Seaboard Jardin Maravilloso Community Garden, one of more than 20 such gardens throughout Greenwood County. (Photo courtesy of Keep Greenwood County Beautiful)

Brian King
Staff Writer

Keep Greenwood County Beautiful has been named one of five finalists for Taking Root, a gardening and outdoor beautification grant program from Troy-Bilt, a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, and Keep America Beautiful.

KGCB was selected as a finalist from thousands of entries across the country. The grant would go to support KGCB’s community garden program.

Grants will be awarded based on votes received through the grant program’s website. Voters can vote once each day between March 31 and May 25. The organization with the highest number of votes will receive a $12,000 cash grant, plus up to $2,000 in Troy-Bilt lawn care products. The finalist with the second most votes will be rewarded with an $8,000 grant and up to $1,500 in equipment, and the finalist with the third most votes will be rewarded with a $5,000 grant and up to $1,000 in equipment. The remaining finalists will receive Troy-Bilt products.

Voters will also be entered into a sweepstakes, receiving one entry per vote to win a Lowe’s gift card and a cash donation on their behalf to the KAB affiliate of their choice. The prizes and donations will increase in value as the total number of votes increase.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as one of the finalists for the Taking Root grant, as we know our Greenwood Community Garden project will continue to make a meaningful impact on this community,” said Johnathan Graves, chairman of Keep Greenwood County Beautiful. “Over the past two summers our gardens delivered over 12,000 pounds of produce to local emergency food agencies in addition to the countless pounds distributed around by the gardeners. This grant award will be another positive opportunity to receive much needed funding for the 2014 Gardening program.”

According to Barbara Roueche, senior marketing communications manager for Troy-Bilt, KGCB’s community garden program is having a positive impact and her company is glad to support such an effort.

“Taking Root was created from our shared commitment with Keep America Beautiful to improve and beautify communities across the country,” Roueche said. “It’s an honor to support organizations like Keep Greenwood County Beautiful who are making a difference through gardening, education and outdoor beautification projects.”

To vote, go to and vote for Keep Greenwood County Beautiful, Greenwood, S.C. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on May 25, 2014.

“We need every vote we can get, Graves said. “Vote for Keep Greenwood County Beautiful so we can continue our efforts to build a better community for generations to come. We need you to vote every day!”

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