Community gardens are fantastic resources. They provide green spaces in urban environments, give gardeners without land of their own a place to work, and foster a real sense of community. If you don’t have one in your neighborhood, you may want to consider starting one of your own. You need to keep in mind, of course, that community gardens take a decent amount of money to get off the ground, and you’ll probably need financial help in the beginning. Keep reading to learn more about grant funding for community gardens and community garden fundraising ideas.
Getting Community Garden Grants
Getting a community garden started can get costly. Depending on the size of your garden, its location, and whether or not it already contains a water source, you could be looking at anything from $3,000 to $30,000 just to get the ball rolling. Before you start despairing, you should look into grants. Check with your local government to see if your space may qualify. There are countless private grants that you can apply for as well, many of which are listed here. Remember, when you’re writing community garden grant proposals, it’s not necessary to focus exclusively on the garden aspect of your space. You can also highlight the revitalization of a space, nutrition, improving quality of life, education, or any of the other benefits of community gardens.
How to Fund a Community Garden
Grants are definitely helpful, but they’re not the only source of funding. Some community garden fundraising ideas focus more on getting the community involved. You can hold a bake sale or a car wash, sell seeds and tee shirts, or even host a community carnival or fair. All of these have the double benefit of raising money, and raising awareness and goodwill within the neighborhood. If you can raise money while promoting your garden and getting people interested, you’re definitely getting off on the right foot.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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