Funding Your Project
Funding Your Project
A grant is a gift of money made by government agencies, foundations, corporations, and private individuals that does not have to be repaid. You can search the website for grants in many ways including, but not limited to, keyword, category, or open/close date. Here are some other places you might find grants for your garden:
ACGA - American Community Gardens Association
releases an e-newsletter each month listing possible funding opportunities for community gardens. You can sign up for the newsletter or view it online.
is a worldwide network of people “forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.” They provide a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators.
DECNY - The Department of Environmental Conservation of New York State
offers competitive grants for environmental protection and improvement. New grants available through the department are updated with close dates and eligibility information.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
is a USDA effort to better connect consumers to their local producers. Some of the loan and grant programs can be used for community gardening
- Whole Kids Foundation
- Sow It Forward
- Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
- Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
- USDA Farm to School Grant Program
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. In some cases there is a fee to post your project – usually to cover credit card fees created by donations. Believe it or not, there may be someone clear across the country that would be willing to help your garden grow. There are several different websites where you can post a crowdfunding campaign; each site has a different set of rules and layout, here are some examples:
is a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighborhood projects. They allocate resources based on ideas to support and improve your local community. There is also an opportunity for IOBY to serve as your fiscal sponsor if you do not have a non-profit established.
is another crowdfunding site that has the opportunity to have a timed goal-based campaign (to create more buzz), but if you don’t reach your goal the donations are returned. Alternately, you can have an open campaign with higher fees.
personal online fundraising donation pages are available for community organizations and can be easily shared via social media. Again, this site is fee -based with various options.
Local businesses and organizations can be great resources for a start up garden. Not only will they consider a sponsorship or cash donation, but they will also often donate materials, supplies, and labor. For instance, think about approaching your local garden center or building supply, perhaps they would be willing to donate and receive some great press. After all, you and your gardeners will be repeat business for them if they help you get the project off the ground!
There are plenty of creative ways to do some grassroots fundraising. Have a fundraising BBQ, pancake breakfast, a bake sale, or a Chinese auction. Host a 5K walk for veggies, community yard sale, or a car wash. The possibilities are really endless, plus you will involve the community and create awareness for your garden.