Fiskar’s Project Orange Thumb

Call for Applications: Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb® Garden Grants and Makeovers

This year grant applicants may also apply for a Project Orange Thumb makeover

MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 2, 2010) – Fiskars, a leader in the lawn and garden industry, is happy to announce that its application process for 2011 Project Orange Thumb garden grants and makeovers in the U.S. and Canada is now open at Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2010.

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb provides tools, materials and other support to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources. Fiskars believes in contributing to the growing community garden effort, and since 2002, has provided over $1 million to 115 community groups and completed nine garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada.

Historically, the locations of Fiskars’ garden makeovers have been selected separately from the grant process. This year, Fiskars is giving groups the chance to apply for a garden makeover in their area.

Fiskars will choose 11 recipients from the pool of grant applicants — 10 will receive $5,000 in cash and tools, and one lucky applicant will receive a complete garden makeover. With Fiskars tools, hundreds of vegetables and colorful perennials, Fiskars works with neighbors, business leaders, volunteers and community partners to transform a barren lot into a beautiful, productive community gathering space – all in a single day. Other garden makeovers for 2011 will include Fiskars’ hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and Montreal, Canada.

This year, when applying for a Project Orange Thumb grant, simply indicate whether you would like to be considered for a garden makeover. Please note that everyone who applies will be considered for a grant, but only those that specify they are interested and meet Fiskars’ criteria will be considered for a garden makeover.

Important Dates:

Applications open: November 1, 2010
Applications submission deadline: December 31, 2010
Announcement of 2011 grant and garden makeover recipients: February 11, 2011
Garden makeovers: May–July, 2011
Apply today for a Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb garden grant and makeover at

Fiskars, the World’s #1 Scissors Brand™, is a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. The group has a strong portfolio of trusted international brands including: Iittala, Gerber, Silva and Buster. Founded in 1649, Fiskars has over 360 years of product quality excellence and is Finland’s oldest company.

For more information:

Janelle Schwartz