Scholarship and Civic Seed Grant Program:
Giving Back to the Community

Two projects are dear to our hearts in the Grapevine Garden Club — one was begun years ago, the other more recently.

Scholarship

The Grapevine Garden Club began to give scholarships in 1967-70 to financially assist and encourage students with a declared major in horticulture or other related fields. The amount was $100 and the scholarship was awarded to a student at Northwest Campus of Tarrant County Junior College. In 1985 the club president began a scholarship program for Grapevine High School students. Eventually a committee was set up to award scholarships annually to a graduating high school senior residing in Grapevine or attending Grapevine – Colleyville ISD high school or to a full time college student who resides in Grapevine and has a declared college major in horticulture related studies. The committee created criteria for the scholarship recipient including the purpose and the amount: the scholarship amount to be paid directly to the student’s college. An application form was created for distribution by high school counselors.

Through the early years, the club struggled to fund the scholarship account. The ways of raising money for scholarships have been varied and interesting starting with $1.00 raffle ticket in 1984 for a fully decorated Christmas tree. We have conducted holiday home tours, as well as tours of beautiful and interesting gardens. There have been sales of members’ craft work and one member’s son-in-law did a lovely ink rendering of Grapevine Torian cabin, which decorated note cards. In more recent times the scholarship funding is supported by annual plant sale events. These sales are planned, carried out, and supported by nearly every member of the club. We are now able to award multiple $3,000 scholarships per year if qualified applicants are found.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for a $3,000 scholarship from the club, download the requirements for eligibility and download the Scholarship Application. Contact scholarship@grapevinegardenclub.org for more information.

Civic Seed Financial Grant Program

The Grapevine Garden Club offers a financial grant to non-profit organizations for materials or supplies for civic beautification projects and educational programs related to the study of horticulture, floral design, environmental awareness, and protection - conservation of our natural resources within Grapevine or GCISD properties.

Any group applying for a grant should consider these questions:

If your group meets the above criteria and could use up to a $200 donation to further your objective, please see the guidelines and criteria as outlined in the GGC Civic Seed Grant Program Application, available to download here. Contact civic@grapevinegardenclub.org for more information.

The GGC Civic Seed Grant Program has been recognized multiple times by the Texas State Garden Club as an award winning Community Service program.

Recent Civic Seed Grants

Grapevine Garden Club has donated money and plants for the garden at Heritage Elementary School for several years. The garden is used to teach students about planting, harvesting, composting, worms, planting techniques, bees, butterflies, birds, and cooking with herbs.

Heritage Elem garden

In 2013 a donation was used at Heritage Elementary School to construct a tool shed that serves several functions at the garden site.

Heritage Elem shed

Faith Christian School grew and harvested sunflower seeds.

sunflowerseeds

Civic Seed Grant money has also been used by Grapevine Elementary School for projects co-sponsored by the PTA Environmental Committee and helped to provide native perennials plants for beds near the front entrance of the school.

Other Organizations receiving previous Civic Seed Grants

Grapevine High School's Garden Club to improve the courtyard at the school with new plants, fertilizer and mulch.

Silver Lake Elementary to purchase large pots to add fruit and herbs to their school garden.

Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) for garden supplies, plants, and a tool shed to provide fresh produce for the food pantry.

GCISD Professional Development Education Center Green Team for revamping their outdoor education courtyard.

Keep Grapevine Beautiful for a landscape beautification project at Fire Station #2.

Grapevine Middle School for startup materials for a new nature trail adjacent to the school.

Timberline Elementary School PTA for two new vegetable beds and soil for a butterfly garden.

Faith Christian School for books to research the migration of the monarch butterfly.

Heritage Elementary School for Outdoor Learning Center plants and materials.

Cross Timbers Middle School for Operation iGrow

Grapevine High School Ecology Club for seeds and plants for the outdoor Learning Center

 

Grace Community Garden for seeds, plants, mulch and repair to irrigation system 

 

Grapevine Elementary World of Wonder Garden for rotating hose reel, wood sealer and pole and connector for wind vane.