Two SFE Grants Awarded

JANUARY 15, 2019 – The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership steering committee awarded two Seeds for Education grants to schools in the Tennessee Valley area. Middle Valley Elementary School and Lookout Mountain School each were awarded $500 toward purchase of native seeds and plants for their pollinator habitat projects.

Project coordinators Amanda McGown and Claire Calhoun submitted the grant application for Lookout Mountain School and Middle Valley Elementary School respectively. McGown is a Lookout Mountain beekeeper, and will work with LMS teachers and parents to install the pollinator garden in Spring 2019. CHAPP steering committee member Ann Brown provided technical assistance to this grant application and will continue to provide her expertise. Calhoun is a Girls Preparatory School student who designed the Middle Valley Elementary School garden as her senior service project and is assisted by Tennessee Aquarium Lead Horticulturalist Christine Bock Hunt. Both project coordinators aim at breaking ground in Spring 2019.

Seeds for Education grants will be awarded on a semi-annual basis, with grant submission deadlines of March 15 and September 15, with awards going out April 15 and October 15. The application and cover letter explaining the grant can be found on this website at

Congratulations to Amanda McGown and Claire Calhoun — area pollinators will benefit from their volunteerism and the school communities will benefit from the educational opportunities these habitats provide.

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