KUDZU GRANTS

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 beautifulfoothills@gmail.com 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

Companies Available to do Kudzu Removal

(listed alphabetically)

4 Seasons Tree Care (mechanical removal only)

828-582-0138

Custom Scapes

864-913-9782

 

Forestry Unlimited

864-706-1495

 

Home Shiners

828-817-5888

 

Jackson Grading (mechanical removal only)

828-429-9798

 

Jay’s Lawn Service

828-894-7078

Mow for Dough Landscaping

828-447-5242

 

Vic’s Lawn Service & Landscaping

864-978-5298

 

Willie’s Landscaping

828-817-1778

 

Wilson Landscaping

828-817-0828

 

John Cantrell (goat grazing)

828-817-7345

 

Polk County Extension Director, Scott Wellborn (willing to do assessments)

828-894-8218