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Columbus and Franklin County Garden Grants

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 awards will be made up to $2,000 for gardens located within the City of Columbus, and up to $4,000 for gardens located outside of the City of Columbus but within Franklin County. Funds may be used for supplies and/or contractual services. Ongoing operational or personnel costs are not allowable expenses. Grant awards may call for additional requirements and reporting to the granting agencies.


Partial grants may be awarded including funding and in-kind product donations compliments of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

Grant Application Process


The application will be available beginning Friday, February 1, 2019. To start an application, log in to your account dashboard and select Grant Applications. If you do not have a login, please register hereApplications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019.


An information session about this grant opportunity will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 5:30-7:00pm at The Columbus Foundation. Grant guidelines and the online application process will be reviewed. RSVPs are NOT required for this information session.


Explore Frequently Asked Questions about this year's grant program.


Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. A complete application will include all of the following proposal elements:

  • Completed Organizational Overview and Project Narrative (online form)
  • Signed Application Acknowledgement Form
  • Project Budget and Product Request Form
  • Franklin County Auditor Parcel Summary document from the following website


Final reporting for prior year grant awards must be complete. Reporting for projects that were awarded funding in 2018 was due on November 1, 2018.




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.


An eligible 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, identify the land parcel number and visit the Franklin County Auditor’s website or call 614-525-4874. Gardens located outside of the City of Columbus and within Franklin County must serve low-to-moderate income and/or limited clientele households.


Applications will be scored based on the applicant’s ability to describe the garden’s intended impact on the community, capacity of the responsible party to carry out the project, sustainability plan for the garden and the garden project’s budget.


Projects awarded funding 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.

Staff Contact

For questions, contact Hailey Stroup