Naples Garden Club awarded $93,000 in grants and scholarships at its April 2016 meeting. The Club raises funds from its annual House & Garden Tour fundraising event, which is conducted each February.
2016 grants included:
- $5,000 to Friends of Foster Care to fund high school student interns at Naples Botanical Garden.
- $10,000 to ECHO, Inc. to sponsor a Community Garden intern. ECHO is dedicated to equipping people worldwide with the agricultural resources and skills needed to reduce hunger.
- $10,000 to JFCS to fund field trips and garden projects for senior citizens at Naples Senior Center.
- $15,000 to Naples Botanical Garden to support three interns.
- $15,000 to Naples Botanical Garden to send 15 attendees to the American Public Gardens Association National Conference.
- $2,000 to establish Naples Garden Club Scholarships for Camp Wekiva in Apopka, FL. The funds will support four 2016 summer camp scholarships at the week-long camp run entirely by members of Florida’s 100-plus garden clubs.
- $10,000 to Youth Haven for creation of an “Edible Campus and Learning Garden” for residential youth.
- $5,000 to Naples Zoo to assist in revitalization of the Backyard Habitat/Butterfly Garden.
- $11,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University for scholarship support.
Below is a letter from Taylor Burnham, a former NGC intern and now the Buehler EnablingGarden Coordinator at NBG.