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Brightside Awards NatureScape Beautification Grants

Tuesday May 6, 2008

Brightside awarded NatureScape grants to area nonprofit groups for a variety of beautification projects today. A Boy Scout Troop, an elementary school and a senior Naturescapecitizens home were among the 10 NatureScape grant awardees.

Neighborhood groups, schools and nonprofit organizations apply for NatureScape grants twice a year through Brightside to obtain funds for beautification projects. The total amount funded this spring is $12,500, with awards ranging from $600 to $1,500 each.

“The seed money provided by NatureScape grants has inspired wonderful beautification projects that truly impact how people feel about their neighborhood”, said Cynthia Knapek, Brightside Executive Director. “Playing an active role in the projects empower citizens to make a difference.”

Brightside’s NatureScape grants are funded entirely through private donations. “In addition to celebrating this year’s awardees, I think it is also important to honor the individual Brightside donors who make the NNaturescapeatureScape program possible,” Knapek said. “donations made to Brightside grow and blossom into projects like neighborhood gardens, outdoor education programs and neighborhood beautification efforts.”

The NatureScape Grant project was created to assist groups in Louisville with beautification projects. Grants are funded entirely by Brightside donors and are awarded in the spring and fall each year. Brightside is particularly interested in projects that “green up” the community, involve partnerships and include neighborhood residents.

NatureScape Grants are available for any officially recognized 501 (c) non profit group. Groups may apply for two funding cycles in a row for a total of $3,000, but must wait for one year before re-applying again, so that several organizations may benefit.

Brightside’s Fall NatureScape deadline is August 27th. Neighborhood groups, non-profit organizations, schools and places of worship are encouraged to apply. Groups interested in applying for NatureScape Grants should call Brightside at 574-2613 or visit for an application.

Brightside’s NatureScape Grants
Spring 2008

Americana Community Center Funded - $1,500
The Americana Community Center will expand their community garden, providing produce to supplement the diets of over twenty families. Families involved in the project are from Bosnia, Congo, Guatemala, Burma and the United States.

Audubon Park Garden Club Funded - $600
The Audubon Park Garden Club is launching a two-year project, landscaping a circular bed in front of Audubon Traditional School. The group is partnering with the Achievers After School Program, sponsored by Ministries United of South Central Louisville (MUSCLE). The project will feature a butterfly habitat and hummingbird garden.

Bates Elementary Funded - $1,300
Bates will add and improve landscaping on its 13-acre campus. Bates is involving the community in this initiative and will receive support from area families, the Parent Teachers Association, Cedar Creek Baptist Church and Councilman Robin Engel. They will host an event for the Fern Creek community to view and support the endeavor.

Boy Scouts, Troop 71 Eagle Project/Church of the Epiphany Funded - $1,500
Michael Medley, a 15-year-old Boy Scout, is partnering with the Church of the Epiphany to beautify the entrance to Old Brownsboro Road Crossing. Members of the Boy Scouts, along with adult volunteers will participate in the project. Michael is orchestrating the project in an effort to earn his Eagle Scout award.

Breaking New Grounds Funded - $1,500
Breaking New Grounds will create an aesthetically pleasing green space in the form of an edible urban organic garden. The group will partner with rehabilitated residents, staff and volunteers of Dismas Charities St. Ann’s; the Park Hill neighborhood; and Dare to Care’s Kid’s Café. Fresh organic produce from the garden will be enjoyed by participating groups, including the children served by the Kid’s Café.

Dosker Manor Funded - $1,500
Dosker Manor is supporting an on-going community garden project for its residents. The garden is a source of pride among the over 600 residents and provides an opportunity for community building, training and recreation.

German Paristown Neighborhood Association Funded - $1,500
Responding to a neighborhood need of increasing green spaces and improving access to healthy fruits and vegetables, the Germantown Paristown Neighborhood Association is creating a raised-bed garden. Raised beds were chosen in an effort to improve accessibility for aging and disable residents. The garden will be located next to the German Paristown Community Center.

Neighborhood House Funded - $1,424
Neighborhood House is creating a new garden project called Bringing the Forest and Farm to the City. The project will serve as an educational opportunity and will offer nature-based programs for area residents. The project consists of developing over 2500 square feet of outdoor space into a living laboratory, featuring two distinct gardens.

Project Women Funded - $1,000
Project Women is building a new facility to provide housing for 56 single parent families, complete with an outdoor playground, green roof and roof garden. Funding from Brightside’s NatureScape grant will go toward the first phase of plant materials for the project. The gardens and outdoor space will provide residents the opportunity to fulfill service hours and build community.

Valley High School Funded - $631
Valley High School will beautify a memorial to Captain James Thorpe, United States Marine Corps, who died in the line of duty while serving in the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991. Students selected this project as a way to show their respect for Captain Thorpe--a graduate of Valley High School—who paid the ultimate price while serving his country. Students from the National Honor Society and Navy Junior ROTC will participate in the beautification initiative.