The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and Union County Foundation Announce New Garden and Greenspace Fund to Benefit Union County

Hometown Grant Program to Promote Local Greenspace Development,
Honor ScottsMiracle-Gro's 150th Anniversary

Marysville, Ohio (August 20, 2018) –– Today, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation announcedthe creation of its Hometown Community Garden and Greenspace Grant Fund with The UnionCounty Foundation. The fund was opened to mark the 150th anniversary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and to further support the development of thriving gardens and greenspaces in itsbackyard of Marysville, Ohio.

The fund is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation's commitment to bring the life-enhancingbenefits of gardens and greenspaces to more people and more communities, especially in itshometown of Union County. The grant program symbolizes the 100th fund opened at The UnionCounty Foundation and helps further its mission of enhancing the quality of life for localresidents.

"We look forward to seeing the impact of this grant program on our community and its well-beingfor years to come," said Dave Vollrath, Executive Director of The Union County Foundation."We're proud to partner with ScottsMiracle-Gro to bring more gardens and greenspaces into thelives of our residents."

Residing in the Marysville community since 1868, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is deeplyrooted in Union County. The corporate headquarters sits only a few miles from where thecompany was founded 150 years ago, and ScottsMiracle-Gro attributes the local community'ssupport as a critical factor in its success.

"This is a very special time for ScottsMiracle-Gro as we celebrate our 150th anniversary andreflect back on our company's rich history," said Jim King, president and chairman of The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation. "A big piece of that reflection is giving back to the local community that helpedour roots grow so strong."

In its inaugural year, the Hometown Community Garden and Greenspace Grant Fund willsupport all types of community-driven greenscape projects, including community gardens,school gardens, athletic field refurbishments, beautification efforts, park restorations, and more.All nonprofit organizations having a primary impact in Union County are welcomed to apply.

The 2018 application is available online now at www.unioncountyfoundation.org under "grantsand scholarships." The deadline for application submission is October 8, 2018. Monetary grantsup to $2,000, as well as product donations, are awarded based on community impact, youthengagement, and sustainability, among other factors. Winners will be announced later this fall.

About The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation
The mission of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is to inspire, connect and cultivate acommunity of purpose. The Foundation is deeply rooted in helping create healthiercommunities, empower the next generation, and preserve our planet. The Foundation is a501(c)(3) organization that funds non-profit entities that support its core initiatives in the form ofgrants, endowments and multi-year capital gifts. For more information, visitwww.scottsmiraclegrofoundation.org.

About The Union County Foundation
The Union County Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists individuals andorganizations with fulfilling their charitable goals. The Foundation supports and enables theaccumulation, investment, and distribution of charitable dollars to benefit the citizens of UnionCounty. The Union County Foundation supports programs and projects of promise that areresponsive to community needs. The Foundation's assets support projects and organizationsthat strengthen our Union County communities.

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Contact:
Lindsay LaSala
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation
937-644-7621 (office)
937-516-2732 (mobile)
Lindsay.LaSala@Scotts.com

Sue Devine
The Union County Foundation
937-642-9618 (office)
info@unioncountyfoundation.org