July 12 2018 12:00 AM

Grants will go to nonprofits around the world.

The Toro Company, Bloomington, Minnesota, announced a new global grant initiative called Land. Water. Thrive.

Its purpose is to help improve water use efficiency, enhance outdoor environments and greenspaces and educate the public about sustainable agricultural practices.

Over a two-year period, The Toro Foundation will contribute up to $1 million in grants to nonprofits around the world through its Greenspace Enhancement Grant Program. This effort will support organizations in their efforts to revitalize parks and green spaces, enrich the outdoor environments of neighborhoods and schools, educate people 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.”

Toro says it wants to further expand its efforts to enrich the lives of rural families in developing countries. The focus will be on enabling small farmers enhance the productivity of their land and drive sustainable solutions to ensure a more food-secure future.

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 and Spellbrook, United Kingdom.

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

For grant criteria, an online application and other information, visit www.thetorocompany.com/land-water-thrive/our-communities. Applications are due by September 1, 2018.