MS Community Green Connection

MS Community Green Connection Application & Guidelines

2017 Application Period: July 1 – August 31, 2017

The Mississippi Community Green Connection is a grant program that is sponsored by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). MNLA will award $1,000 to three qualifying municipalities in the State of Mississippi.

The purpose of the Mississippi Community Green Connection is to assist municipalities with projects that support the education of Mississippi’s green industry.

MNLA is a non-profit organization whose objective is to advance in the broadest sense the interest of the nurserymen of Mississippi; to aid and contribute to the education of its members and the general public to provide better methods of growing and distribution of horticultural products; to provide a central headquarters to promote better personal relationships of its members; and to inform the members of legislative activity, state and national, which would affect the industry.

Grant Specifications and Qualifications

A Mississippi municipality consisting of more than three hundred residents (i.e. a city or town as per Section 21-1-1, Mississippi Code 2009) located in one of the three regions defined by MNLA.

For the purposes of this grant, MNLA has divided the counties of Mississippi into three separate regions; North, Central and South.

North Region consists of the following counties: Alcorn, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Webster, and Yalobusha.

Central Region consists of the following counties: Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Clarke, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Smith, Warren, Washington, Winston, and Yazoo.

South Region consists of the following counties: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Stone, Walthall, Wayne, and Wilkinson.

An award of $1,000 will be given to a qualifying municipality in each of the regions by September 30th of each year. Applications must include the name of the municipality, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address. In 750 words or less, each applicant must indicate how the funds from this grant will be used for projects that support the education of Mississippi’s green industry.

The $1,000 must be spent with an active member(s) of MNLA. An active member of MNLA is a paid member engaged in the green industry in the State of Mississippi. Upon request, the MNLA Office will provide a list of active members. The MNLA office will accept applications from July 1st to August 31st of each year.

The recipients of this grant are required to provide documentation (receipts or bill of sale) and photographs of how the funds were used. The documentation and photographs should be mailed to the MNLA Office on or before May 31st of the year after being awarded the grant.

If the projects that are funded by this grant are announced in any type of press release please include MNLA as a source of funds.

The MNLA has established a five year application waiting period for all recipients of the grant. After the five year waiting period, the recipients will be allowed to submit another application.