New Gardening Projects

Community Gardening Projects

In 2016, new funding tracks for various types of community-supported gardening projects will be available. The process will be competitive as only one Track 1 or Track 2 project will be selected per growing season, totaling three funded projects per year. Participation as a Track 3 project is rolling and unlimited.

Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Track 1

Traditional Community Gardens, Food Forests, and Community Orchards

If your community group has the vested support of at least 8 families or individuals, a land-use agreement for at least 5 years, access to a reliable city water source, desire a traditional community garden or food forest/orchard and be willing to adhere to continued reporting requirements, then you may be eligible for Track 1 funding status through the GSA Community Gardens Program

Community groups that qualify as Track 1 projects may receive:

  • Up to $6,000 initial funding for specific garden start-up materials
  • An additional $6,000 in Sustainability Funding in increments of $2,000 for garden projects that serve to sustain the garden project after the first $6,000 is spent

If you believe your group qualifies as a Track 1, please contact Chris Babis, Sustainable Urban Landscapes Manager.

Track 2

Community Greening Projects

If you are part of a business, civic organization or small community group that is interested in establishing a small scale community greening project, your project might fit the guidelines for Track 2. You will need a publicly accessible site, access to city water, a land use agreement for at least 2 years, and 3 distinct entities (businesses, households, or other groups that have a presence in the vicinity of the proposed site) that will take responsibility for maintaining. Rain gardens, butterfly gardens, habitat wildscapes, LID (low impact design) projects, small permaculture projects, and community tree plantings are great examples of greening projects.

Community groups that qualify for Track 2 status may receive:

  • Up to $3,000 initial funding for specific garden start-up materials.
  • An additional $1,500 in Sustainability Funding for projects in increments of $500

If you believe your group qualifies as a Track 2, please contact Chris Babis, Sustainable Urban Landscapes Manager.

Track 3

Existing Community-Supported Greenspaces and Gardens

Groups supporting existing greenspaces and currently maintain any above-named type of urban green space are encouraged to join the Green Spaces’ Network and receive the benefits of critical mass and cost sharing when it comes to promotion, networking, educational opportunities, and resource sharing. The cost for joining the network is $400 per year and grants any originally-named garden members free access to five educational events in the year. The list of names may be updated each January.

After two years of sustained maintenance of their greening project and active participation in the network, groups will become eligible to request Sustainability Funding from Green Spaces when available. Sustainability funding for community-supported greenspaces may be requested in increments of up to $500 per special project with a maximum of 1 special project per year and a maximum $1,500 for any combination of special projects that will extend participation, outreach or educational efforts, security, and/or ultimate sustainability of the greening project. Groups that receive Sustainability Funding will then be responsible for basic reporting requirements in the year funds were provided, after which basic reporting requirements will be in place if the garden wishes to apply for Sustainability Funding at any future time.

Community groups that qualify as Track 3 projects may receive:

  • Help with horticultural guidance, volunteer recruitment, and resource sharing
  • Free access to five educational events in the year
  • Eligibility for Sustainability Funds after two years of sustained garden maintenance as a network member

If you believe your group qualifies as a Track 3, please contact Chris Babis, Sustainable Urban Landscapes Manager.