Grafton Community Garden Group Receives $3000 Grant

Exciting news! The Grafton Community Garden Group received a grant award of $3,000 from the Try This Mini Grant Program.

Letter from the Try This Mini Grant Program:

Dear Grafton Try This Team,


You are heroes in your community, and we are happy to support the work of your team. Today, you are joining 41 other community teams statewide to help build West Virginia’s healthy lifestyle network. Together, you are the backbone of the Try This movement to get our state off of all those worst health lists. It’s up to us!

On behalf of all of our Try This partners and our mini-grant funders (the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Unicare Health Plan of WV, the WVDOE Office of Child Nutrition, and the WVDHHR Bureau for Public Health – Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease), I am pleased to present you with a grant award of $3,000 for use in your project to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Engaging volunteers in 100 hours of service to build infrastructure for a community garden
  • Engage community members in selling produce at the farmers market to fund upkeep and expansion
  • Supply at least 300 vegetables annually to local food pantries and the school system

The response to the first-ever Try This mini-grant process exceeded every expectation. We received 46 outstanding proposals – most of which engaged diverse teams, most of which had clear outcomes, all of which overflowed with passion. We apologize for the delay in letting you know – we’ve been scurrying for the past week and raised an additional $31,000 to help meet your requests. We could not fund every project to the degree we wanted, but we are proud to help you as best we can.

We are also happy to offer your community a Try This helper – someone who can answer questions, help connect you to trainings, resources, and the Try This site; follow you through the process; and generally pitch in to make your project a success. Your helper is Amanda Yager and you can reach her at 804-543-1761 or She will be in touch soon.

Please extend our congratulations to your entire team. Working together, you’re showing real leadership. You are the spirit of Try This… It’s up to us!

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