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Kubota Awards "Kubota Hometown Proud" Grants
Kubota continues its commitment to invest in hometowns across America with its Kubota Hometown Proud community grant program, awarding $600,000 in grants to five communities for 2023. Kubota Hometown Proud is an annual grant program that encourages municipalities and nonprofit organizations to partner with their local Kubota dealership to apply for grant funding consideration.
This year, the program launched a call-for-entries in April and received nearly 800 applications before Kubota selected its five $100,000 regional grant winners. Then in August, all five community revitalization projects were put up for a public vote to determine one lucky “Community Choice Grant” winner to receive an additional $100,000, which ultimately was awarded to Lucasville Community Park, a new park concept for a small town in Ohio that needed a community gathering place.
“Kubota is proud to give back to the communities where our dealers live and work,” says Todd Stucke, Senior Vice President for Kubota North America, and Senior Vice President for Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects for Kubota Tractor Corp.
The 2023 Kubota Hometown Proud Grant Program winners include:
Lucasville Community Park (Lucasville, Oh.): Together with Ricer Equipment, Lucasville Community Park is the 2023 Community Choice grant recipient. The $200,000 will be used to build an amphitheater and construct the next phase of the park that consists of building a ¼ mi. paved walking path to make the space accessible to all.
Black Farms, Food and Families Project (Lebanon, Tenn.): The Black Farms, Food and Families project, in partnership with Absolute Kubota, the New Farmer Academy at HBCU Tennessee State University (TSU), will build an educational greenhouse, to help revitalize minority interest in agriculture through an heirloom “seed-to-feed” project.
The Children’s Village (Coeur d’Alene, Id.): Partnering with Coeur D’Alene Tractor, The Children’s Village, where the belief “Every family deserves a village” comes to life in the form of a trauma-responsive safe-haven, providing crisis youth housing and family support services.
Hunger Task Force (West Milwaukee, Wis.): Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank, is a unique program that includes a 208-acre urban farm that grows fresh produce for local families. The Farm is supported by 5,000 volunteers and equipment from Lochen Equipment. The Kubota Hometown Proud Grant will help to purchase much-needed equipment for the farm.
The Giving Grove (Dallas, Tex.): The Giving Grove community orchard program helps volunteers install and maintain fruit trees and berry bushes that provide a free source of fresh food for urban neighborhoods. With the support of Schaffer Kubota, this grant will allow GROW North Texas to purchase a truck and landscape trailer to transport trees and supplies to the 24 existing orchard sites around the region.
To date, the company has awarded $1.2 million in Kubota Hometown Proud grants. For more information and official rules for the Kubota Hometown Proud grant program, visit KubotaHometownProud.com
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