City of Columbus and Franklin County Community Gardens Grant Program

Grantmaking Focus

Recognizing the many benefits of community gardens, the City of Columbus and Franklin County have partnered with The Columbus Foundation to support existing gardens and encourage the creation of new ones. A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people for the betterment of the community. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow vegetables, fruits, herbs or flowers. It can be one community plot, or many individual plots. Produce can be grown in containers, raised beds, or on a vacant piece of land. It can be at a school, church, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to “urban agriculture” where the produce is grown for a market.

The City of Columbus or Franklin County, depending on garden location, will fund grants of up to $4,000 for supplies and/or contractual services. Grants providing only partial funding may be awarded. Ongoing operational or personnel costs are not allowable expenses. Grant awards may call for additional requirements and reporting to the granting agencies.

In-kind product donations compliments of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company may also be awarded to applicants.

Community Gardens Grant Program Eligible Areas

Grant Application Process

  1. The application will be available through GO! Grants Online beginning Monday, February 10, 2014. If you do not have a login to GO! Grants Online, please register here.
  2. Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014.
  3. Incomplete Applications will not be considered for funding. A complete application will include all of the following proposal elements:
    • Project Narrative/Budget form, available for download from GO! during the application process.
    • Land ownership documentation (letter, lease agreement, etc.)
    • You may be asked to present your project to a selection committee.

Requirements

  1. Applications must be from a Registered Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code organization, an Area Commission, government agency, or have a fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor may be a registered 501(c)(3) organization or government agency that has agreed to manage a project’s awarded grant dollars.
  2. The garden must be located within the City of Columbus or qualifying areas of Franklin County. To determine whether or not your project is located in a qualifying area, please reference the eligible areas map (above) or call Franklin County Board of Commissioners at 614/525-3322 prior to submitting your grant application.
  3. Applications will be scored based on the following criteria (incomplete applications will not be scored):
    • Organization—The application demonstrates that the group has the capacity to carry out the project long term (adequate amount of volunteers/qualified leadership/proven track record).
    • Project Justification—The applicant has provided evidence that justifies why the project is needed, and how the target audience will benefit.
    • Project Goals/Objectives—The objectives are clearly defined and linked to need. The objectives are in keeping with community priorities for health, environment, community building, neighborhood improvement, etc.
    • Budget Spreadsheet—The budget is accurate and clearly delineates all allowable expenses to be funded by the grant. The budget is appropriate for this type of project.
  4. Projects awarded funding for the 2014 growing season must submit a Final Report by November 1, 2014. Eligibility for future grants will be contingent, in part, on the timely submission of the final report.

Staff Contact

Hailey Stroup

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