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Calling all green thumbs in Frisco

Lu Snyder

Frisco’s garden grant program

WHAT: Frisco is offering $1,600 in grants to residents to improve common areas in neighborhoods throughout the town

WHEN: This summer. Applications are due June 3, and grants will be awarded June 7.

For more information or applications, contact Frisco’s community relations department at (970) 668-5276

FRISCO -Green-thumbed Frisco residents who can’t fulfil their passion for planting in their own garden might be interested in Frisco’s new garden grant program.

The town is offering $1,600 in grants for local gardeners to create their own pocket parks, spruce up common areas, remove noxious weeds or simply plant flowers on a hillside. The money will be divided into five grants – two $500 and three $200 grants.

The program was born from an idea to encourage community gardens in the town, said assistant town manager Theresa Casey.

The grants are not to be used to improve one’s own property, Casey stressed. The goal of the program is to improve neighborhood or condominium association common areas to create added pleasure, through landscaping, for those who live in the area and those passing by.

Casey said the grants will be awarded with the agreement that the residents will match the grant in supplies or in labor. Grantees also will be required to maintain the area through the season, as the town staff will not be responsible for maintenance, Casey said.

Those interested in applying for the garden grant program should contact Frisco’s community relations department at (970) 668-5276 for an application. Applications are due June 3, and grants will be awarded June 7 at the Pride Week luncheon, said Linda Lichtendahl, Frisco community relations director.

Applicants’ proposals must detail how the neighborhood will be improved, how the area will be maintained, and how the grants will be matched – in funding, supplies or labor.

A garden grant committee – made up of council members, town staff and citizens – will review applications and select the five who will be awarded the grants.

“We’ll see how the first year goes,” Casey said. “If it’s real successful and we see some neat stuff, I think we could expand the program.”

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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