TLCSC's Sustainable Neighborhoods Grant Winners
In 2016, the Sustainability Commission held its first Beyond Green Celebration to recognize local accomplishments in sustainability efforts and initiatives. With funds raised from the event, the Commission created the Sustainable Neighborhood Grant program to allocate $3,000 to provide grants of $1,000 for three local projects that utilized community assets and promoted sustainability. Thirteen applications for proposed projects were submitted through a competitive grant process. The Commission's selection committee awarded grants to three organizations for projects that are described below. The Sustainability Commission is looking forward to distributing additional grants in 2021 to fund more neighborhood projects.
East Toledo Family Center
In 2017, the East Toledo Family Center (ETFC) was one of three organizations awarded the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission's Sustainable Neighborhood Grant. Over the course of the summer of 2017, the ETFC collaborated with community residents, One Voice for East Toledo, and Salem Methodist Church to revitalize Harry Kessler Park on Main Street. Over 35 volunteers replaced and painted landscape timber, added new low maintenance perennials, and trimmed/weeded the park's trees and bushes. The ETFC engaged the community and beautified the area.
First Unitarian Church
In 2017, First Unitarian Church was one of three organizations awarded the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission's Sustainable Neighborhoods Grant. The First Unitarian Church wanted to transform their grassy, high maintenance lawn with native plants that are low maintenance. To do this, they planted a series of test plots and had community members vote on which plants they liked best.