The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Burke County was recently awarded a grant from the Corporate Mission Fund of Carolina Farm Credit.
The $5,000 grant was applied for in order to fulfill community outreach projects supported by the Master Gardeners with N.C. Cooperative Extension.
Five planned community outreach projects will build a pollinator garden in the local community, fund annual Burke 4-H beekeeping equipment, provide local schools with scholarships to promote agricultural endeavors, give financial support to the Burke County Beekeepers Association for the presentation of its annual “Beginning Beekeeping” school and provide fresh produce to a local food pantry in the community.
In 2014, Carolina Farm Credit established the Corporate Mission Fund to provide grants to local, nonprofit agriculture-related organizations and scholarships to N.C. college agriculture students.
As of 2019, the association has awarded the grants for five years. Nearly 150 grant applications were received for the program in 2019, and awards were granted in the fourth quarter. Of the $146,000 awarded in 2019, 25 local organizations and 12 college students receive grants.