Grants Awarded for 18 Community Gardens

The Mid Shore Health Improvement Coalition is excited to announce that mini-grants have been awarded to 18 organizations on the Mid Shore to develop community gardens.


Businesses, non-profits, faith-based and other community-based organizations that serve residents of Caroline, Dorchester and/or Kent counties were eligible to apply for these $5,000 grants, totaling $90,000.


Awardees at Cambridge Community Garden, learning tips from Master Gardener, Kathy Burtman.

The grants stemmed from a larger award from the Maryland Department of Health, provided to the health departments in Caroline, Dorchester and Kent to address obesity. The three counties rank among the five Maryland counties with the highest adult obesity rates, and residents overall have higher poverty rates, less access to healthy foods and exercise opportunities, lower rates of physical activity, and higher rates of diabetes than Maryland.


'We had overwhelming interest in this grant opportunity and were able to secure additional dollars to fund all applications,' said Nicole Morris, Lead for the Mid Shore Health Improvement Coalition. 'The organizations are diverse and serve some our most vulnerable residents. Gardens will be established at schools, churches, YMCAs, senior centers, and at organizations that serve those with disabilities, and those in recovery from substance abuse.'

Organization

County Served

Caroline Medical Adult Day CARE

​Caroline

Greensboro Elementary School

Caroline

Caroline County Family YMCA

Caroline

Aarons Place Inc

Caroline, Dorchester

Cambridge Community Garden

Dorchester

Eastern Shore Wellness Solutions, Inc.

Dorchester

Heirloom Athletics, LLC

Dorchester

Hurlock United Methodist Church

Dorchester

New Beginnings Youth and Family Services

Dorchester

Pauline F. and W. David Robbins Family YMCA

Dorchester

Bayside H.O.Y.A.S., Inc

Kent

Crossroads Community, Inc.

Kent

Echo Hill Outdoor School

Kent

Minary's Dream Alliance, Inc.

Kent

Mt Olive AME Church Missionary Society

Kent

Recovery in Motion

Kent

UM Shore Regional Health Mobile Wellness Team

Kent

Washington College Campus Garden

Kent

About the Mid Shore Health Improvement Coalition:

All jurisdictions in Maryland have Local Health Improvement Coalitions to address pressing health issues. In 2021, the five Mid Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot, banded together to share knowledge, and leverage scarce resources. Our initial task is to address the prevention and management of prediabetes and diabetes, and stakeholders across the region are working together to create the first Diabetes Action Plan for the Mid Shore. We won't stop there, as we hope to be a 'home' for those seeking to address the numerous health priorities across our region. Learn more at midshorehealth.org

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