City of Columbus and Franklin County Community Gardens Grant Program
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. The purpose of the City of Columbus & Franklin County Community Garden Grant is to provide financial and material resources to organizations who aim to re-purpose underused land to:
1. Increase healthy, affordable and local food access and education, particularly for gardens that benefit people in low to moderate income neighborhoods
2. Bolster community pride
This can be done through the creation, continuation, and/or expansion of community gardens. 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.
Grant Reporting Process
1. Projects awarded funding for the 2019 growing season must submit a Final Report by November 1, 2019. Eligibility for future grants will be contingent, in part, on the timely submission of the final report.
2. Watch this page for announcements about future grant opportunities.
For other potential funding sources, explore Additional Garden Grant Opportunities and Resources.
For questions, contact Hailey Stroup.