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2015 Garden Grant Awards

April 19, 2015

Ten Gardens Funded at Churches, Schools, and Neighborhoods

For the second year, Get Up & Go! has awarded $5000 in grants to start or improve community gardens in St. Clair County. This project helps meet one of the organization’s main objectives-to promote healthy eating as a strategy to improve the health of St. Clair County residents. Applications were open to any not-for-profit organization in St. Clair County, with emphasis on gardens serving people who have trouble accessing fresh fruits and vegetables.

 “We are excited because many of the gardens will donate the food they grow to local food pantries. Fresh fruits and vegetables are seldom available in food pantries. One of last year’s grant recipients, the O’Fallon Garden Club, donated over 3000 pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries,” according to Cheryl Singsank, President of Get Up & Go!

Ten organizations received grants from $250 - $1000. Garden grant recipients include:

  • Caritas Family Solutions (Belleville)

  • District 175 / Ogles Neighborhood Association (Belleville)

  • Edgemont Bible Church (Fairview Heights)

  • Griffin Center (East St. Louis)

  • Henry Raab School (Belleville)

  • St. John’s United Church of Christ (Fairview Heights)

  • Teens Against Killing Everywhere (East St. Louis)

  • Trinity Services (Mascoutah)

  • Village of Marissa (Marissa)

  • YMCA and Lessie Bates Neighborhood Association (East St. Louis)

Grant recipients will be recognized at an awards reception on April 22, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church & Garden located at 1419 North 17th Street in Belleville. One of the gardeners, Herb Breeden will host a tour and answer questions about their garden. “Westminster has a well-established garden and received one of our grants last year,” according to Rita Boyd, the chair of the Garden Grant Committee. “We believe the recipients will enjoy meeting and networking. Each garden will be offered links to accurate gardening assistance and expertise, including the Master Gardener program from the University of Illinois Extension. We’re also pleased about the business community’s support, allowing us to give merchandise vouchers from Dintelmann’s and Effinger’s Nursery and Garden Centers.”

Read about the 2014 Grant Award Winners

If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview with Cheryl Singsank, Board President, please call her at (618) 960-7377 or email at


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