Eligibility Criteria:

  • Existing community gardens located in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.

  • Eligible Community Gardens will be one of the following:

    • Community garden operated by a group of neighbors or community members (*see info below on fiscal sponsors*)

    • Community garden registered as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, or operated by a tax-exempt nonprofit organization

    • Community garden affiliated with or operated by a public agency or institution

  • Previous garden grant recipients are eligible to apply

  • Garden Improvement Grant can includes items such as lumber for gardening beds, tools, storage, compost and soil, seeds, compost bins, signage, water catchment systems, irrigation systems, etc.

What is an ‘Existing’ Community Garden? Existing Community Gardens meet at least two of the following:

  • Has built or installed onsite community garden infrastructure (examples include: garden beds, garden signage, compost infrastructure, water catchment/irrigation, storage shed)

  • Has a current, documented agreement or MOU in place to operate a community garden at the garden’s location

  • Has actively engaged their surrounding community to plan, participate in, and operate a community garden and has sought out community members for that garden

Areas Not Funded:

  • Community gardens outside of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties

  • School gardens

  • Gardens that are not accessible to the public or the neighborhood in which the garden is located

  • Garden infrastructure and supplies do NOT include salaries, stipends, or expenses not related to growing food


Important Note About Fiscal Sponsors: 

For gardens that are not officially registered as their own organization or operated by a registered organization (such as a garden run solely by neighbors or community members), you will need to identify a Fiscal Sponsor in your Community Garden Grant application. A fiscal sponsor is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization or a public institution that will receive the community garden grant funds on your garden’s behalf. A fiscal sponsor for your garden could be: a nonprofit organization that you partner with in your community or a church or public institution that supports your garden. In the online grant application, there is a Fiscal Sponsor Agreement form that you will need to complete with your fiscal sponsor and submit with your application. Please email Bobby Farmer, Grants Manager, if you have any questions about fiscal sponsors at: bobby@foodwellalliance.org

Important Note About Tax ID Number:  

To register and get an application started, the online grant system does require you to enter a Tax ID Number when you register. Don't have a Tax ID for your garden or organization? That’s ok! Simply enter: 00-0000000 on the registration page and get started on your application.

Important Note About Submitting Applications:

Applications are to be submitted through our on-line grant management system. To learn more about our online system, please click here for a tutorial.


Need information about fiscal sponsors, or other grant guidelines?

Did you miss our webinar on February 21, 2019 at 6:00pm to learn more about the 2019 Community Garden Grant?
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