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Community Gardens Grant Program

Grants to Franklin County, Ohio Nonprofits and
Agencies for Gardening Projects in Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Columbus Foundation and City of Columbus and Franklin County

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/22/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 and grants of up to $4,000 plus in-kind donations to Franklin County, Ohio nonprofit organizations and government agencies for community garden projects. Funding may used to support or expand existing gardens or create new community gardens. Projects must take place in eligible areas of the City of Columbus and Franklin County.

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

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 may be used for supplies and/or contractual services. Partial grants may be awarded including funding and in-kind product donations compliments of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179658

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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, please reference the eligible areas map found here:

Gardens located outside of the City of Columbus and within Franklin County must serve low-to-moderate income and/or limited clientele households.

Ongoing operational or personnel costs are not allowable expenses.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Emails will be sent the week of March 18, 2019 to the fiscal sponsor AND the garden project manager regarding the outcome of your application.

Contact Information:

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

Register to apply:

Hailey Stroup

Call 614-525-4874 to determine geographic eligibility.

Grant Coverage Areas:

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:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: City of Columbus or qualifying areas of Franklin County