Grant Request Guidelines

All requests for grants must comply with the requirements voted on and approved by the Memphis Area Master Gardeners Inc. (MAMG) Board and membership.

1.) A standard Grant Request Form will be used.  It will be available on the public side of the MAMG website and at the MAMG office (Shelby County Extension Office, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Suite B Box 21, Memphis, TN  38120). The form can be filled out online and forwarded to the current Chairperson of the Grants Committee via an email address listed on the public side of the MAMG website.  Or it can be printed, filled out and mailed to MAMG at the address listed above, to the attention of the current Chairperson of the Grants Committee.  Grant requests will be accepted and reviewed continually as they are received throughout the calendar year.

2.) Based on information presented by the Grants Committee, the MAMG Executive Board will review and recommend for approval or denial all grant requests. Grant requests in excess of $200 must be additionally approved by MAMG membership.

3.) Grants will be awarded to 501(c) 3 and 501(c) 4 not-for-profit organizations. All organizations must be within Shelby County.

4.) Any organization that is making a request for a grant shall complete the Grant Request Form, including, amongst other required information, the following information: 

  • The name, mailing address, physical address if different from the mailing address, and phone number of the requesting organization; its not-for-profit status, or association with a school, library, not-for-profit or government entity; its Employer Identification Number (EIN); and the name, phone number and email address of the organization’s contact person.

  • An explanation of how the requesting organization’s proposed project fits within the mission of MAMG.

  • Budget for the proposed project to include any bids received for work to be done. Screenshots from retailers should be included for the prices of major items which need to be purchased. Donations-In-Kind should also be reported if applicable.

  • Any additional information that MAMG should consider in making a decision about the requested grant.


4.) The current Chairperson of the Grants Committee will notify the requesting organization if their request has been approved or denied.  The current Chairperson of the Grants Committee will submit the monetary request to the MAMG Treasurer for disbursement if approved. 


5.) All requests will be considered a “one time only” grant and will not become part of MAMG’s annual budget, unless voted on and approved by the MAMG Executive Board and membership.  One grant request is allowed per year. The grantee may submit for a grant request in subsequent years. 

6.) Projects must be completed within three months of funding. If more time is required, the grant recipient must request it in writing. The Chairperson of the Grants Committee should respond in writing.

7.) If the project is not finished within three months and there is not a request approved by the MAMG Executive Board for more time, all grant money must be returned by the grantee to MAMG.

8.) The grantee must furnish a Completed Project Report to MAMG when the project is finished. The report must include pictures of the project along with all receipts for purchased materials. Additionally, the grantee must present in-person the completed project to the MAMG membership unless the MAMG Executive Board deems it unnecessary due to the nature of the grant (i.e. if there was not a physical product emanating from the grant.)

9.) The grantee should use its best endeavors to identify to the public that the project was made possible by MAMG grants by signage or other printed communication.


    (print and mail or complete, save, and forward)

Robert Hollingsworth - Grant Committee Chair


The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener program seeks to improve the lives of Tennesseans by promoting environmental stewardship, non-commercial food production, and human health and well-being through residential and consumer horticulture education delivered by a dedicated and skilled volunteer network.


To provide useful, innovative and research-based horticulture information to all Tennessee residents and communities.


Provide research-based residential and consumer horticulture education in a responsive and timely manner to augment and extend Tennessee Extension and achieve the Extension mission.

Collaborate with Tennessee Extension personnel, local municipal and nonprofit groups to offer educational leadership for better horticulture practices and programs in communities across Tennessee.

Foster a vibrant and effective learning environment that supports committed and engaged volunteers and attracts new Extension Master Gardener volunteers to the program.

Encourage environmental stewardship, noncommercial food production and youth education in communities and cities across Tennessee through engaging education and outreach programs.

Invest in educational tools and events that provide information to meet present needs while laying the foundation to serve Tennessee residents and communities in the future.

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The Memphis Area Master Gardener's Scholarship Program was created to encourage and foster the love of gardening and awareness of the Master Gardener's program in future generations. MAMG offers $2,000 scholarships to Shelby County residents graduating from high school and accepted to a college or currently enrolled college students (past recipients of MAMG Mary Wade Scholarship) who are pursuing degrees in the fields of agriculture, environmental sciences, horticulture, landscape architecture and/or related fields. Students must be enrolled in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science programs such as garden clubs, Future Farmers of America, or Sierra Club.

2020 MAMG Scholarship Guidelines & Application

Return completed application according to directions. Deadline for applications is  MARCH 20, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified by MAY 1, 2020.

For further information contact MAMG Scholarship Committee Chair Catherine Lewis at


Recipients of Memphis Area Master Gardener 'Mary Wade Scholarship'

 Yr & Name               Highschool         College                          Area of Study                 


2019 Sydney Josephine Beltran    Houston High School         Tennessee Tech University              Geoscience (clean water/conservation

2019 Bryanna Nicole Fayne          Bolton High School             University of Tennessee                      Pre-vet            

2019 Zoe Christine Woody            White Station High School  Louisiana State University                   Agriculture & German

2019 Anna Katherine Armour         grad. of St.Benedict          Mississiippi State University(a Jr.)        Environmental Science & Horticulture

2018 Eleanor(Ella)Baran                Houston High School        Johns Hopkins University                      Environmental Engineering

2018 Heath Quick                           Home School                    University of Tennessee-Martin             Agricultural Production

2018 Zoe Simpson                         Bolton High School           University of Tennessee-Knoxville         Neuroscience

2017 Logan Baldwin                                                                University of Tennessee-Knoxville         Biosystems Engineering

2017 Brianna Green                                                                Southeast Missouri State University       Biotechnology/Agri. Engineering 

2017 Anna Holt                              Home School                    Southwest TN Comm.College                Zoology

2016 Logan T Baldwin                   Collierville High School     University of Tennessee- Knoxville        Biosystems Engineering

2016 Aaron Parkey                        Bolton High School           University of Tennessee- Knoxville      

2015 J Winston Beesinger            Collierville High School      University of Tennessee- Martin

2014 Hayden Quick

2014 Margaret Grace Haltom

2014 Kristen Williams

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UT/TSU Shelby County Extension Office
Agricenter International - Suite B, Box 21
7777 Walnut Grove Rd,
Memphis TN 38120.
Phone: 901-752-1207 Fax: 901-752-6240