Just imagine how different our City could be if we had some community gardens. Taking lots that the City owns and doing something with them planting a community garden that the whole community can enjoy. What could a community garden do for you? Good question according to gardendallas.org community gardens will,
• Community gardens increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship.
• Community gardens foster the development of a community identity and spirit.
• Community gardens bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class).
• Community gardens build community leaders.
• Community gardens offer a focal point for community organizing, and can lead to community-based efforts to deal with other social concerns.
• Community gardens provide opportunities to meet neighbors.
• Community gardens build block clubs (neighborhood associations).
• Community gardens increase eyes on the street.
• Community gardening is recognized by the many police departments as an effective community crime prevention strategy.
See the full list here
Current national funding opportunities:
- The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant, Grants for public and or private school teachers grades 3-6 to create and maintain indoor or outdoor herb garden for their classes. Deadline: October 1, 2015
- Sow it Forward Garden Grants Program, Kitchen Gardeners International, Deadline: January 8, 2016.
- Here is a list of many grants for community gardens, some are regionally specific and some are not well worth a look.
- Growing Safer Gardens
- Top Grantmaking Foundations State by State, The Grantsmanship Foundation
- National Recreation and Parks Association funding for Grow your Park is funding community garden development on a national level if your garden/potential garden is on parks land. Boise received funding to grow community gardens across the city.
- Captain Planet Foundation:The foundation offers grant assistance for hands-on, environmental projects that involve children and young people. Grant awards range from $250 to $2,500.
- Community Food Projects Competitive Grants:Eligible initiatives include urban gardening projects and rural farming projects that produce healthy foods using natural agricultural methods. The maximum grant award is $300,000.
- Herb Society of America– The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Grant
- Tom’s of Maine 50 States for good community sponsorship program: this program is a national initiative to support grassroots community projects. Winners chosen by voters on social media.
Spring is around the corner let’s ask our Mayor, CDBG director, TIFA, and council to work on this. #madidh