Each year Rye Driftwood Garden Club offers up to three landscaping grants for properties on public view including businesses, civic spaces, senior centers, etc. Each grant is up to $500, and the winning organizations can use the money to beautify a space that is on public view in the Seacoast. Schools, businesses and town offices in Hampton, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Hampton Falls and Rye have received grants in past years.
Grant requirements include the following:
A member of the garden club needs to be a resident of the town in which the organization operates.
Applicants must submit a drawing of the proposed landscaping plan and include plans for maintaining the site.
The recipient must be willing to meet with members of the RDGC grants committee to show the results of the landscaping efforts.
Applications must be submitted by November 1st to be considered for a grant the following spring.
The Club has announced the following winners of 2020 Landscaping Grant Awards:
Public House of Worship, Rye
Hampton Falls Town Hall
Goss Farm, Rye
Learning Skills Academy, Rye
Lincoln Akerman School, Hampton Falls
Richie McFarland Childrens Center, Stratham.
The Club has announced the following winners of 2019 Landscaping Grant Awards:
Cornerstone School, Stratham. The Montessori school will continue to enhance its large garden for its students. They will use this year's grant money to help replace the original raised beds..
Rye Historical Society, Rye. The Historical Society in the center of Rye will install a bird bath and make general garden improvements.
North Hampton School, N. Hampton. The school will use its grant to create a butterfly garden.
The Club has announced the following winners of 2018 Landscaping Grant Awards:
Cornerstone School, Stratham. The Montessori school has a large garden for its students. They will use their grant money to build a protective fence around the garden.
Seacoast Science Center, Rye. The Science Center is planning a new garden with a gazebo to enhance its space for events and weddings.
Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island. The lab plans to build a covering near Celia Thaxter's garden on the island to provide shade for visitors.
In lieu of landscaping grants, this year RDGC sponsored 2 students to attend the UNH Plant Camp! at UNH this summer. Plant Camp! is a fun-filled, week-long day camp for children to explore and learn about plants, their use and their role in our world.
Sttudents from the Learning Skills Academy in Rye attended the presentation of the RDGC Landscape Grant.