RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif., March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fifth consecutive year, Seeds of Change®, the leading producer of sustainably grown seeds and nutritious organic foods, is announcing the launch of the Seeds of Change® Grant Program. The Grant Program will provide much-needed funding to organizations across the United States that focus on telling the seed-to-plate story through sustainable, community-based gardening and farming programs. From now through March 28, schools and community organizations can apply for 24 grants totaling $300,000. Recipients will receive $20,000 or $10,000 grants to support new or existing initiatives.
"The Seeds of Change® Brand is committed to growing healthier, more sustainable communities. Our annual Grant Program promotes the seed-to-plate journey by supporting local school and community gardens," said Andrew Cops, Marketing Director for Seeds of Change®. "This year we are making an even bigger, and more personal, impact by awarding the four highest level grant writers the opportunity to further their organic education with a Seeds of Change® gardening mentor and an opportunity to focus on the best gardening practices."
In an effort to positively impact local gardens in a big way, this year's Seeds of Change® Grant Program will offer $300,000 of funding, split between school and community programs. In addition to the grants, grant ambassadors at the $20,000 recipient level will be awarded the opportunity to attend an organic conference and receive a personal Seeds of Change® garden mentor. To help enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms and communities nationwide, the 24 grants will be distributed as follows: two (2) $20,000 grants and ten (10) $10,000 grants for school programs; and two (2) $20,000 grants and ten (10) $10,000 grants to fund community programs.
A portion of the Seeds of Change® "1% Fund," the company's commitment to donate one percent of its sales, is allocated to support the annual Grant Program.
For more information about Seeds of Change® or the Seeds of Change® Grant Program, please visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com. Fans of the organic food movement can also follow the program on social media by tracking #SeedsofChangeGrant and by visiting the brand's Facebook or Twitter pages.
About Seeds of Change® Grant Program
To enter, visit the Seeds of Change® grant website at www.seedsofchangegrant.com to complete an application and see the Program Guidelines. Applicants are encouraged to answer questions about how their organization or project helps educate its community about the food they eat through sustainable gardening and farming. From March 31 through April 18, 2016, applications will be available for public voting. The top 50 organizations, 25 schools and 25 community organizations that receive the most votes will then move onto the final judging phase. Grant recipients will be announced around May 3, 2016.
About Seeds of Change®
Seeds of Change® was founded in 1989 by passionate gardeners with a vision to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the "advances" of modern industrial agriculture. For 27 years, we have remained true to our original vision by offering a wide selection of organic seeds including heirloom, traditional, and rare seeds. Our seeds are produced through a network of certified organic family farms and professional growers. Through these partnerships, we continually cultivate study and develop seeds with the goal of producing the finest certified organic varieties to share with our fellow gardeners and farmers. In 1997 our business expanded to also include Organic Food inspired by the notion that great taste and sustainability go hand in hand. We now offer a wide variety of Ready to Heat organic Rice and Grain varieties. For more information about Seeds of Change® visit www.seedsofchange.com for our seed products and www.seedsofchangefoods.com for our food products. For additional information, please contact us at the information provided above or at Seeds of Change, P.O. Box 4908, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.
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