In this week’s blog we have collected a list of grant opportunities for starting and growing your community garden. The first will be open in just a few days. Put the others on your calendar so you're alerted to apply during their application period.
This non-profit organization wants to help more people, especially disadvantaged populations, to grow and access more healthy food. SeedMoney offers both traditional grants as well as crowdfunding grants. There will be $400 crowdfunding grants awarded to the first 50 projects that are able to raise $600 via their crowdfunding pages during a 30-day challenge running from Nov. 15-Dec. 15. Additionally, SeedMoney will also award 50 traditional grants of $200 each. To qualify a project must raise at least $200 of its own. Merit grantees are chosen by a committee. The application for both grant programs will open Oct. 1 with a deadline for submission of Nov. 13. Garden projects must be non-profit, public food gardens to be eligible. Last year, 200 projects raised $400 or more including 12 that raised more than $1,000 and one that raised more than $5,000.
Project Orange Thumb supports community gardens that aim to beautify communities and provide people with sustainable food resources. Fiskars has provided over $1.6 million to more than 210 community groups since the program started in 2002. Non-profit groups are eligible to apply. Applications are available late in the year so keep your eyes on the website to see a specific date coming soon. Grant recipients are announced in the spring of the following year. Already established gardens as well as new garden start-ups are eligible to apply.
Non-profit organizations are eligible for grants from this program. Grants are awarded to entities planning gardens, pollinator habitats, and community green spaces. The maximum grant award is $1,500. The 2017 grants have already been awarded. Applications will be available in the spring for the 2018 grant period. Last year a California community created a vegetable garden to provide better access for healthier food options for its residents. A school in Columbus, Ohio used its 2017 Scott’s Miracle Gro grant to create a sensory garden to bring therapeutic benefits to students.
The Seeds of Change grant program supports both school and community gardens. Non-profit organizations focused on community-based gardening, food and nutrition education, farming and agriculture education, or sustainable farming are eligible to apply. Public school gardens are also eligible. Community gardens seeking support should be able to show that they have engagement from the public. In 2017, 12 grants were awarded to community gardens. Two of those projects received $30,000 and the other 10 were granted $10,000. Grant applications are accepted in March of each year.
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