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For any organization, $10,000 can go a long way. And for a not-for-profit, that money is essential to make a difference in their community. Ten grand is what Clean and Green in Rome is hoping to win through the Troy-Bilt Taking Root grant opportunity and YNN's Cara Thomas says to win it, they need the public's help.

ROME, N.Y. -- For the city of Rome, a community garden is a completely new concept.

Tanya Davis, Executive Director of Rome Clean and Green, said, "It's really new and it's a great way to really broaden people's perspective on a lot of things."

Like teamwork, being proud of their neighborhoods and most importantly, teaching a few things about healthy eating.

"There are some kids that say hey where did that potato or apple come from and they say the grocery store," said Davis.

In order to grow and nurture their community, Rome Clean and Green hopes to create three gardens. One will be at Staley Upper Elementary School, another on North Madison Street at Clean and Green's headquarters and the third will be at Jervis Public Library.

Davis said, "We'll also layer in facets of literacy and learning about the gardening process, as well as cooking with your vegetables later by engaging the library's resources."

While they've already received some help and donations from the community and local businesses to get this project off the ground they're going to need a lot more financial support. So Rome Clean and green is competing for a $10,000 grant.

The Taking Root grant is through Troy-Bilt products a sponsor of Keep America Beautiful. And Rome Clean and Green is one of the six national finalists fighting for that grand prize. The winner is determined by the number of public votes their video receives. And not only will they win the money, but also $2,000 in Troy-Bilt products.

"This would help us get things like a mower, a tiller and edger, as well as all the hand tools we need to manage a garden such as hoes, troughs and things," said Davis.

Rome Clean and Green said without this grant, they'll only be able to create one garden instead of three. The winner will be announced May 15th.

You can vote for Rome Clean and Green's video through Troy-Bilt's Facebook page. People can vote once a day until May 12th. Click the following link to cast your vote: Taking Root Grant.

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