ROGC Civic Contributions Grant 2016-2017
Alzheimers Association – They have been gifted a portion of the steel PATH train rail that ran underneath the World Trade Center. The PATH train saved many lives on 9/11 and they would like to incorporate it in a significant way in their existing Memory Garden. ROGC has twice funded updates to the garden.
Avenue Community Development Corporation – Their mission is to strengthen communities with homebuyer education programs while building affordable homes for a diverse population. The proposed project is the development of a Butterfly Pocket Park from a vacant 17,000 square foot lot located on Fulton between Hammock and Panama Streets, directly across the street from a light rail station.
The Brookwood Community – They provides an educational environment that creates jobs, meaning and purpose for its 115 residential citizens and 111 workday citizens with special needs. Funds are needed for a new Dramm Hydra Sprayer to replace the old one and to purchase 7 shipping carts.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership – They are transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou. Funds are needed to acquire a .54 acre property along Japhet Creek.
Chinquapin Preparatory School – A private non-profit college preparatory school that serves 163 economically disadvantaged youth in grades 6-12 needs funds to provide landscaping for the new girl’s dormitory and lunchroom.
Houston Arboretum – They are committed to restoring the landscape to make the Arboretum more beautiful and resilient based on conservation and education. They are requesting funds to support the master plan implementation, specifically the Landscape Project: Creating Six Restoration Test Plots.
Herman Park Conservancy – Funds are needed to maintain and improve the Japanese Garden as the Park gears up for the Japanese Garden’s 25th Anniversary in 2017, specifically for a new Nakai-designed West Gate Entrance and landscape improvements for the entrance.
Including Kids, Inc. – This is a school providing research based behavioral intervention and instruction for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They hope to cultivate student’s learning and social skills for inclusion in the community. Funds are needed for an outdoor green space and walkway along the perimeter of their new facility to be used for students who need a break from the school routine for quiet reflection.
Memorial Park Conservancy – MPC preserves, restores and enhances Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians. Requests funds to continue the planting, and improving the area known as Bush Grove, dedicated in honor of Barbara and George Bush, as part of Memorial Park Conservancy’s Ecological Restoration Program.
Nature Discovery Center – Funds are needed for a Park irrigation system throughout Russ Pittman Park.
The Parish School – Funds are needed to break ground on the Little Acorn Park, to provide a multi-sensory opportunity for Parish School students who have communication delays and learning differences.
Student Conservation Association (SCA) – Funds are needed for the SCA Community conservation programs which provide opportunities for local, underserved youth to help Houston-area non-profit organizations and resource managers complete high-priority projects in Houston’s parks and bayous.
Urban Harvest – Is a non-profit organization that encourages community, good nutrition and sustainability through the teaching and support of organic gardening. Funds are needed to fund seasonal community garden classes.
Workshop Houston – The mission is to provide at risk middle and high school students with creative, technical and educational resources so they are able to expand their opportunities and have a new definition of success. They are seeking funds for the beautification of their new campus in the Third Ward, which should be break ground by the end of the year.