Here at Gardening Know How we believe in the idea of cooperative gardening. Community gardens including school gardens and private gardens, non-profit gardens and neighborhood gardens are all equally as beneficial to the world around us as they are to people the gardens serve.

Tending to plants at a group level lets us all collectively experience the true joys of gardening. And that’s why the Gardening Know How Community Garden Sponsorship Program exists.

What Is The Community Garden Sponsorship Program?

Every year since 2018, Gardening Know How has awarded up to 20 school and community garden projects all across the U.S. and Canada with a $1,000 sponsorship. While the program officially began in 2018, the first group of gardens were actually awarded a sponsorship back in 2016, when the founder of Gardening Know How rewarded 10 gardening programs in the U.S. for their efforts. The following year, the program was expanded into Canada and the number of recipients was increased to 15.

Explore the interactive map below to see if there’s a sponsorship recipient in your neighborhood.

Meet Gardeners Making a Big Impact in Their Communities

Each and every one of our sponsorship recipients plays a vital role in the communities they serve, and we are proud to be able to support those efforts. We’re also excited that we get the chance to share their stories with you.

Learn more about some of our past recipients over the years by clicking below:

Watch Our Brand New Interview Series

If you’re interested in learning more about these organizations and their stories, we’ve launched a brand new video series featuring some of our past sponsorship recipients. Each month, our host LaManda Joy, author of Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook, sits down with a past recipient to discuss how the project came about, the struggles they faced and how they overcame them, as well as what’s next for the program.

Here are just a few you can watch now:

Caridad Gardens

Beyond the Las Vegas Strip is a garden proving itself vital to the city’s homeless population, bars and restaurants, and tourists. Hear the amazing story of Caridad, and how the glitz and glam of Vegas is benefitting from this incredible program.

Heroic Gardens

Discover more about how this Philadelphia-area organization is on a mission to give veterans a renewed sense of service. Learn more about Heroic Gardens and how they’re improving the quality of life for our nation’s veterans.

Chapman Gardens

There’s a community garden in Georgia with quite a backstory. Learn how the garden went from an abandoned lot, overgrown with weeds and littered with trash, to a flourishing community resource.

We’ll be introducing you to different community leaders from all across the U.S. and Canada each and every month. If you’re interested in being notified when new interviews are published, make sure to click here and enroll today.

So Could Your School or Community Garden Program Use a Hand?

You can apply for a Gardening Know How School and Community Garden sponsorship at any time of the year. To do so, simply fill out an application here.

Sponsorships are awarded from the previous year’s applications. So if you apply in 2022 and are selected, you would be awarded the sponsorship in 2023. The selection process begins in the beginning of January and typically takes up to three months before finalists are announced.

To stay updated on the program and to track the status of the application process, we encourage you to follow us on social media and to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

For more information on the program, eligibility, or the application process, email us at


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