Application Guidelines

  • Deadline: Deadline: March 12 at 11:59pm.

  • Community gardens must be in existence for at least one year and be located in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.

  • Garden infrastructure and supplies include lumber for gardening beds, tools, storage, seeds, compost bins, signage, irrigation, etc.
  • Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, public agencies or institutions, or community gardens with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.

  • Previous Garden Grant Recipients are eligible to apply for the 2018 Community Garden Grant.


Areas Not Funded

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

  • School gardens

  • Gardens affiliated with religious organizations or growing on church property that are not open to the public or the neighborhood in which it is located

  • Community gardens without a fiscal sponsor

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


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.

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? Simply enter: 00-0000000 on the registration page and get started on your application.

*Important Note About Fiscal Sponsors: For gardens that are not officially registered as their own organization or affiliated with an existing organization (such as a garden run solely by neighbors or community members), you will need a Fiscal Sponsor to apply for the Community Garden Grant. 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 Coordinator, if you have any questions about fiscal sponsors at:

Need information about fiscal sponsors, or other grant guidelines?

Food Well Alliance will host an opportunity to learn more about the 2018 Community Garden Grant process through an Online Webinar. Join us for the webinar to learn more about the 2018 Community Garden Grant, and for the chance to ask us questions related to the grant & application.