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Unity Gardens Grant

Grants to Anne Arundel County, Maryland Nonprofits, Organizations,
and Schools for Gardening and Environmental Projects

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Anne Arundel County, Maryland nonprofits, community organizations, PTAs, religious congregations, neighborhoods, schools, and scout troops to increase community partnerships through environmental enhancement, greening projects, and education.

Grant funds may be used in community areas, neighborhoods, and on school grounds in Anne Arundel County. Funds may be used for trees and plants (primarily native) and limited materials (i.e., mulch, soil, gator bags, educational signage) to support these projects.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Level of volunteer participation and development of community leadership.
- Potential benefit to the community and the environment.
- Feasibility of project plan, including goals, timeline, budget, and breakdown of plant and other materials.
- Preference for projects using a minimum of 80% native plants.
- Annuals and invasive species will not be funded.
- Detailed budget, proof of fiscal responsibility, and financial need.
- Soundness of long-term plan for maintenance and sustainability.

First priority is given to first-time grantees meeting or exceeding all eligibility requirements. Second priority is given to repeat grantees as funds allow.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173539

Estimated Size of Grant:

Unity Gardens awards grants up to $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These grants are available to qualified nonprofit groups such as neighborhoods, churches, schools, scout troops, community organizations, and more.

- Projects must be located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
- Projects must be organized by a community-based community association, PTA, religious congregations or other nonprofit organization, and have a strong volunteer component.
- Projects must be located on organization-owned property, public property (e.g., school grounds, storm water management area, etc.) with the community having documented permission from the public owner of the property, or on property owned by the nonprofit.
- 70% of the funding must be used for plant material. Projects with a minimum of 80% of the plant material consisting of native plants are preferred. Annuals* and invasive species will not be funded. Visit the “How to Choose & Find Native Plants” page on for information on selecting and locally sourcing native plants.
- Native plants must be listed in the online guides provided in order for Unity Gardens to count them toward the native plant percentage.
- Projects that may not meet the native plants percentage but do offer significant community or educational value may still be considered for funding should there be sufficient funds available during a particular funding cycle.
- Community grantees must have a community association.
- Grantees must have a bank account in the name of the Grantee.

Funding Restrictions:
- Unity Gardens’ grant funds may not be used for hardscape, equipment including tools or fixtures (hoses are acceptable for funding). Some items may be considered for approval based on funding availability and the items’ impact on the sustainability, use or effectiveness of the project (e.g., tree stakes, deer exclosures, plant educational signs, outdoor classroom items, etc.).
- Grant funds may not be used on private property (other than private property owned by a nonprofit or community association).
- Unity Gardens will require a refund for the cost of materials not covered in the Guidelines.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are accepted in the spring (January 15-March 1) and the fall (July 1-August 15).

You may submit your application at any time. Early submission is appreciated and encouraged to allow adequate time to review your application and ensure that all required information has been included.

Upon receipt of the completed Application Form, Unity Gardens will respond to the applicant with an e-mail acknowledging receipt of the form.

All decisions on grant requests will be reported to applicants in April.

Helpful Tip: Be sure to visit the new School Projects section on Bay Backpack (even if the applicant is not with a school!) for step-by-step instructions on over a hundred projects.

Grant Guidelines:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Barbara Dowling, Executive Director
(410) 703 -7530

Unity Gardens
P.O. Box 6310
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel County