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February 8, 2021

2021 Fulton Garden Funds Applications Being Taken

There may be snow on the ground now, but it's time to start thinking about May showers and spring flowers! Starting February 1st, any group or governmental agency that helps maintain or enhance any of Fulton’s public garden areas should consider applying for grant money available from the Fulton Gardens Fund. This includes

all public gardens and landscaping areas such as those at public schools, governmental offices, and public parks. All applications need to be submitted to FACE (Fulton’s community foundation) on or before Monday, March 5, 2021. Requests can be made for grants to cover most aspects of maintaining or creating a public garden spot, including plantings, landscape elements, equipment and labor.

FACE is a component fund of the Quad Cities Community Foundation and all applications must be submitted using its online grant application system. To access the grant application system, go to and click on “Ways to Participate” at the top of the homepage, then choose “Apply for a Grant”, finally click on “FACE: Fulton Gardens Fund” to get started. If you have questions or want additional information, please contact Bruce Kreider at (815) 208-0054. Applications must be completed and submitted online by no later than Monday, March 5, 2021.

The Fulton Gardens Fund is an endowment established by the Kopf family, through FACE, in 2013 in memory of Gerhart A. Kopf. Gerry spent much of his professional career in the agricultural/nursery fields. Through his Bald Eagle Nursery, he became known for his expertise in ornamental grasses and hostas. Over several decades, Gerry established and helped maintain many beautiful gardens in Fulton which included grasses as well as tulip and daffodil beds. This fund is intended to maintain and build on his legacy to the community and to honor his efforts and passion to beautify Fulton. It is hoped that this fund will both inspire and assist those who share Gerry’s passion for beautification.

The fund’s purpose is to permanently support public garden areas in Fulton by providing grants to help maintain or enhance these gardens. Priority will be given to maintaining garden areas that already exist. Additionally, priority will be given to applications received for those garden areas in which Gerry played a role. These include the windmill area/Den Besten Park, the bike trail flowerbeds on south 4th Street, and 14th Avenue beautification (tulips at the corners and flowering trees). About $900 is expected to be available in 2021. It will be distributed as one or two grants with no grant for less than $250. Examples of previous grant recipients: the Girl Scouts received a grant that helped them enhance the Lincoln Highway gazebo area on 10th Avenue and the Friends of the Windmill received a grant allowing them to refurbish the South 4th Street daffodil flowerbeds that were established by Gerry Kopf.

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