Community garden projects bring together a diverse group of people across a city or town through their shared love of gardening. According to the National Community Garden Association, there are now more than 20,000 such community gardens in the United States. And this movement is growing strong. Grants that support community gardens mainly come from the gardening industry. There is also a really cool program run by a young girl with her own community garden project that provides grant support to other kids looking to follow in her footsteps in their own towns.
Katie Stagliano is a 14-year-old who started a garden and donated the food she produced to a local soup kitchen. Her organization provides grant support to other kids who wish to do the same. The current list of Katie’s Krops grant winners are all children ranging from 9 to 15 years old. All of these winners will create their own gardens to support local hunger efforts in their own communities. The next Katie’s Krops grant cycle will start in December for spring garden season.
Mantis Tiller Awards
In partnership with the National Gardening Association, gardening equipment manufacturer Mantis will provide 25 tillers to be given away to non-profit garden programs this year. Any type of non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Past winners have included schools, churches, parks, camps, community gardens and others. The tiller package is worth around $350. To apply you must create an account with kidsgardening.org. Applications are due by March 7. Winners will be selected by the NGA and announced at the end of April with tillers to be distributed to programs during May.
Project Orange Thumb
Fiskars is a home and garden products supplier based in Finland. It supports community garden programs in the United States and Canada through its Project Orange Thumb program. This turns unused space into community gardens that brighten the area and bring the community together through gardening. The next grant round will begin accepting applications to bring a garden makeover to your area on October 1.
Syngenta Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program
This program provides a vegetable seed package including seeds and gift cards that can be used by educational garden projects. The program is open to both schools and community gardening organizations. Winners are also given a digital camera and are asked to provide pictures and videos of selected gardens for further promotion of the grant program. Applications are due by September 15. For more information about the seed grant contact Bonnie Thomas by calling 1-800-472-6616 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.