Community Gardens


Greensboro Garden

Greensboro Garden, image by Lucy Bradley

There are lots of ways to raise money to support your garden: grants, special events, sales, fees, donations, sponsorship and many more. There are also a myriad of ways to market the garden: Health, Nutrition, Excercise, Community Development, Storm water management, Education, Science, Art etc. Below are some ideas to get you started.



Fundraising for Community Gardens by Gary Goosman, ACGA



America the Beautiful Fund
Operation Green Plant is offering FREE SEEDS!
They are offering between 100 and 1000 seed packets on the basis of availability and relative need for volunteer efforts to grow food for the needy, elderly, handicapped and confined; for charitable plant sales; to beautify neighborhoods; to start new educational programs; and to show that growing plants can give people and communities new hope as they help to beautify and nourish America. These are seeds were packaged to sell last year and have germination rates of 85% to 90%.
To request a Free Seed Grant, simply request an application, then:
  • -Attach a short letter describing your project
  • -Enclose a check for Shipping & Handling
  • -Mail it to the following address:
  • America the Beautiful Fund
    1730 K Street NW Suite 1002
    Washington, DC, 20006

    Deadlines: December 15
    These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.
    Eligibility: K-12 School in the US focused on connecting kids to real food.
    Funds: $500 start-up; $1,500 Digging Deeper to expand an existing garden.
    Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Active Communies
    Separate Grants for Physical Activity (due Oct) and for Healthy Eating (due Feb)
    Equipment-only grants are small (up to $5000) one-time, one-year grants ,
    Eligibility - Target populations must either be located in a rural county or be a high-risk, low income population in an urban county.
    Captain Planet Foundation

    Deadlines: March 31, June 30 September 30, December 31
    Committed to supporting hands-on environmental projects for young people, the foundation provides grants from $250 to $2,500 to school and community groups.

    Common Ground Garden Program

    Community Development Block Grants Community Foundations
    Donations Donors Choose
    Eligible: Schools

    Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
    Eligible: 501(c)3 in CA, FL or NC
    Amount: $5,000 to $50,000
    Priorities: civic affairs, youth, education, social services

    Contact: 1533 Sunset Dr., Suite 150, Coral Gables, FL 33143, 305-668-4192, 305-668-4247 fax
    Environmental Protection Agency

    Environmental Support Center
    Fiskars: Project Orange Thumb Garden Clubs

    General Mills: Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program The Grantsmanship Center Home Depot Honda Housing and Urban Development:
    Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants
      Supports metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of:
      (1) economic competitiveness and revitalization;
      (2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity;
      (3) energy use and climate change; and
      (4) public health and environmental impact.
      The Program places a priority on investing in partnerships, including nontraditional partnerships (e.g., arts and culture, recreation, public health, food systems, regional planning agencies and public education entities) that translate the Federal Livability Principles into strategies that direct long-term development and reinvestment, demonstrate a commitment to addressing issues of regional significance, use data to set and monitor progress toward performance goals, and engage stakeholders and residents in meaningful decision-making roles.

      The Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program is being initiated in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), co-leaders with HUD in the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
      Who: 501(c)(3), Public or Private School (must have 2 years of audited financial records)
      Amount: $450,000 to $5,000,000
    John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
      A national foundation with local roots seeking opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. Funding priorities include: Education; Well-being of children and families; Housing and community development; Economic development; Civic engagement/positive human relations; Vitality of cultural life
      Deadline: None; Eligible: Government or 501(c)(3) Contact : Suite 3300, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33131; (305) 908-2600
    John Rex Endowment
    Focus Areas:
    * Physical Health (which includes the Healthy Weight Initiative)
    * Access to Health Care
    * Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health
    Cycle:: RFPs 3 times per year: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall
    Eligible: Government Agencies, 501(c)(3) non profits
    Contact: Kate Shirah 919-781-5852
    Kroger Co. Foundation
      Eligible: 501(c)(3)s in communities where Kroger customers and associates live and work.
      Priorities: Hunger relief; Grassroots organizations, Education.
      Amount: Up to $50,000 Contact: 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, (513) 762-4449, ext. 3
    Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
      Eligible: Schools, non-profits and not-for-profit places of learning in the United States with a site available for a stewardship project. Successful non-school applicants often are a partnership between a youth group (scouts, 4-H, etc.) and a site owner. Libraries, goverment agencies and houses of worship are eligible subject to youth participation.
      Priorities: Wildflower pollinator gardens, rain gardens, wildlife habitat.
      Amount: Up to $500
      Due: October 15

    Lowes Toolbox for Education

    Amount: Up to $5,000
    Due: February
    Eligible: Schools
    The National Education Association

      A variety of grants programs to support teachers doing innovative work

    National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
      Eligible: 501(c)(3) serving children in the US, Must not discriminate, Preference to those with a budget under $1 million.
      Priorities: Creating Awareness, Education, and Action in Support of the Environment, Connecting Youth with Public Lands as places for recreating, learning and volunteering. Hands-On, Outdoor engagement, Environmental Stewardship.
      Funding: $5.000 to $40,000 for Specific Program or Operations
      Match: 1:1
      Deadline: July 15
      Contact: 915 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 628-8200

    National Gardening Association
      Offer a variety of grants changes year to year depending on sponsors. Check their website for current offers.

      Youth Garden Grants Program
      1100 Dorset St.
      So. Burlington, VT 05403

    National Science Foundation Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

    NC Cooperative Extension Logo

    For assistance with specific gardening questions contact your local Cooperative Extension Service Center.

    NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension Department of Horticultural Sciences
    NC A & T State University Cooperative Extension Program School of Agriculture and environmental Sciences

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