Community Garden Grants
We at The Grant Helpers are always on the lookout for popular movements that generate grant opportunities. Right now, one of the hottest grant trends is community garden (also referred to as urban or neighborhood gardens) and school garden grants. In this blog, part one of a two part series, we will provide a few of the funding sources that support organizations working on community gardens. In part two of the series, we will share information regarding support for school gardens. Most garden grants are recurring, so it is wise to anticipate which opportunities are forthcoming. We can help you secure more grant money by getting to know you, identifying opportunities that best fit your needs, and researching, planning, and writing grants. For a full list of our services, see how we can help you attract grant dollars.
Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb is a grant program that supports 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States, or Canadian organizations that are registered charities under the Canada Revenue Agency, in building community gardens. Fiskars will award ten organizations $5,000 in tools and money to support their gardening goals. One additional award will be given for a complete garden makeover.
Grant applications are currently available, and the deadline for all applications is December 15, 2012. For a complete list of guidelines and eligibility requirements, see the Project Orange Thumb website.
The Home Depot Community Impact Grants are available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public services agencies in the United States. Grants of up to $5,000 are given in the form of Home Depot gift cards, which can be used for purchasing tools, materials, or services.
Application dates for 2013 grant proposals have not yet been announced, but typically, proposals are accepted beginning in the early part of the calendar year. Be sure to check The Home Depot’s website frequently for more information.
The Home Depot’s local stores also have limited supplies of $25 donation coupons to aid local organizations with smaller donation needs. It wouldn’t hurt to check with your local store to see if one of these coupons can be provided, as every little bit counts, and when gardening, $25 can provide a lot of seeds!
Nature Hills Nursery’s Green America Award supports community improvement projects by providing trees, bushes, shrubs, and more. Some examples of winning projects include reclaiming abandoned lots to create an orchard that will provide fruit to low-income residents, developing or refurbishing landscaping in a community park, using plants to create a soil erosion control plan along hillsides or river banks, etc.
In 2012, awards ranged from $500-$2,000, and awards are given in plan materials, such as trees, bushes, seeds, etc., not actual dollars. Dates for the 2013 application process have not yet been announced, but in 2012, applications began in mid-March. Check the website for future announcements.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers their Shade Structure grant program to public schools and nonprofit organizations. The grant application process is open from October 1, 2012 until February 1, 2013. Grants of up to $8,000 are awarded for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun.
Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and provide services to people 18 years of age and younger. Applicants must also be recommended by an AAD member dermatologist, and the AAD’s website offers a tool to find a dermatologist that is an AAD member. See the AAD’s website for additional requirements.
These are just a few example grants. There are many more — some providing more grant money, tools, or materials than others. Contact us for more information on additional opportunities, or join our Watch List for free notifications of grant opportunities that we believe would fit your needs. It would be wise for anyone interested in starting, maintaining, or refurbishing a community garden to check with local gardening and food industry companies, as they often offer additional assistance to support the local community. If the effort involves students or youth, there are even more grant opportunities. Stay tuned for part two of this blog, which will provide grant opportunities for school gardens.