On September 21, 2020, the Polk County Board of Commissioners approved a budget exclusively for kudzu eradication. The Polk Co Appearance Commission assumes oversight for the matching grant applications and disbursement of grant monies. Applicants eligible for this grant include towns, non-profits, and homeowners associations. The Appearance Commission will seek to award kudzu eradication grants in diverse locations throughout the geographic area of Polk County. The deadline for applications for the first round of grants is Feb 28, 2021.
The Kudzu application requires an assessment by a qualified individual, County Extension Agent, or a company who has expressed a willingness to do kudzu control. You can also contact the Polk County Extension Agent, Scott Wellborn at 828-894-8218, who will provide an assessment and guidance for kudzu control.
Grant Application: What is Needed
Note that Total Project Budget must be double the amount of the Grant Request Amount on the application.
Matching grant application form with Project Assessment on page 3
Include “before” pictures. Pictures after the completion of the project will be due with the Final Report.
Detailed budget including dated, itemized quotes for equipment or products to be purchased, and, if any, in-kind work expected (# volunteers X # of hours @$20 per hour)
Kudzu eradication is a problem that needs continual surveillance for years. We would like to see how you plan to monitor and control kudzu in the future.
If you have any questions regarding the kudzu matching grant, please email us at or contact the Polk Co Appearance Commission by leaving your name and contact number with the County offices at 828-894-3301 Extension 8.
More Information on Kudzu and Kudzu Removal
NC Cooperative Extension Service (Polk County)
A Field Guide For the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (Kudzu Pages 68-69)
Kudzu Fact Sheet (Suggested alternative native plants found on page 2 of the pdf)
NC Invasive and Exotic Plants of the Southeast (NC State University)
Kudzu Control in Residential Areas (AL A&M and Auburn Extension Service)
Companies Available to do Kudzu Removal
4 Seasons Tree Care (mechanical removal only)
Jackson Grading (mechanical removal only)
Jay’s Lawn Service
Mow for Dough Landscaping
Vic’s Lawn Service & Landscaping
John Cantrell (goat grazing)
Polk County Extension Director, Scott Wellborn (willing to do assessments)