BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Whether in our local communities or in the developing world, we are all stewards of the water and natural spaces that enrich life. With a commitment to helping its customers and communities worldwide enhance the productivity and sustainability of land, The Toro Company is introducing its Land. Water. Thrive. initiative.

This initiative aims to help improve water use efficiency, enhance outdoor environments and greenspaces and educate on sustainable agricultural practices. Over a two-year period, The Toro Foundation is contributing up to $1 million in grants to nonprofits in our global communities with the Greenspace Enhancement Grant Program. Through the energy and talents of its people, this new program aims to support organizations in their efforts to revitalize parks and green spaces, enrich the outdoors of neighborhoods and schools, educate on the efficient use of water and support sustainable agriculture through community gardens.

“Impacting lives through the sustainable use of land and water is the focus of Land. Water. Thrive.,” said Judson McNeil, president of The Toro Foundation. “The grant program is directed at conserving and restoring our outdoor environments to ensure healthier, more vibrant and sustainable communities where our employees live and work.”

For 2018, the Greenspace Enhancement Grant Program will support organizations in the following cities worldwide:

· Beatrice, Nebraska

· Bloomington, Minnesota

· El Paso, Texas

· Iron Mountain, Michigan

· Riverside, California

· Sanford, Florida

· Shakopee, Minnesota

· Windom, Minnesota

· Xiamen City, China

· Ploiesti, Romania

· Spellbrook, United Kingdom

Locations included in the 2019 grant program will be announced at a later date.

For grant criteria, online application and other information, visit Applications are due by September 1, 2018. 

Outside of local communities, and as part of its Land. Water. Thrive. initiative, Toro looks to further expand its efforts to enrich the lives of rural families in developing countries, a press release stated. The release stated that the company will focus on enabling smallholder farmers to enhance the productivity of the land and drive sustainable solutions to ensure a more food-secure future.

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