Funds raised in 2013 are just a few dollars shy of $30,000. Our goal for the year is $50,000. I can’t honestly tell you I know where the next $20,000 will come from but we have a third of the year left and we are optimistic.
The original plan was to raise most of the money from private individuals but this proved to be a flawed strategy pretty quickly; fortunately we figured it out in time to change to a strategy of approaching foundations for grants. This yielded large gifts from Trumbull 100, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, PNC Bank Foundation and the Dominion Foundation.
We struck out with the Youngstown/Warren Chamber of Commerce, the Trumbull County Community Foundation and the General Motors Foundation. We are waiting to hear back on several others and are working on several new applications.
Writing grant applications is not particularly difficult but it is time-consuming. If there is anyone reading this who would like to join the gregg’s gardens/Garden District cause this is an area where we could use some help. You can do it from home on your own time. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if your want to know more.
Everything starts with a plan. Come see our plan for creating the 22-square block Warren Garden District next Tuesday August 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the Raymond John Wean Building on Courthouse Square.