ScottsMiracle-Gro Opens GRO1000 Grassroots Grant Application Process in Support of Community Gardens and Green Spaces Program Enters Fourth Year of Funding Local Greenscape Projects

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) today announces the continuation of its GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program to support community green space development. Grants are awarded to deserving not-for-profit civic organizations across the country and are part of a larger commitment the company has made to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the company's 150th anniversary. To date, 406 community projects have been impacted by GRO1000.

"Gardens offer something very unique to our communities," said Jim King, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. "From providing better nutrition to encouraging environmental education, community green spaces help bring neighborhoods together."

The GRO1000 Grassroots Grant application for 2014 is available online at:
http://www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/Gro1000/Grassroots
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Deadline for application submission is February 17, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Grants, which range from $500 to $1,500, are awarded based on community need, scope of project and long-term sustainability of the green space.

In conjunction with the grant application period, ScottsMiracle-Gro has launched Gro & Chat, an online community dedicated exclusively to the community garden movement. Gro & Chat (Gro-Chat.com) was developed as a free online resource to support those who have a passion for community gardening, including previous and potential GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award recipients. To learn more about Gro & Chat and to join the community, visit www.Gro-Chat.com.

On January 24, ScottsMiracle-Gro and its partner the U.S. Conference of Mayors will announce the winners of its annual GRO1000 Showcase Grants, which are awarded to cities for the installation of innovative public gardens and green spaces within their communities. Additional partners for the GRO1000 program include Plant a Row for the Hungry, Garden Writers Association, National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For more information on GRO1000, visit www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/GRO1000.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro
With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company's brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business.  In Europe, the Company's brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at www.scotts.com.

SOURCE The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company



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