Want to start your own community garden? Check out Louisville Grows’ Community Garden Tool Kit and Community Garden Grant (awards up to $1,000)!
Winter is a great time to get your community together and plan for next season. If you’re starting a garden from scratch or want to better organize an existing garden, the Community Garden toolkit will help you get growing. The Community Garden Grant supports new or expanding community gardens, helping provide infrastructure, tools, and other resources for gardens across Louisville.
The Louisville Grows 2017 Community Garden Grant provides up to $1,000 (monetary funds or in-kind materials) for new or expanding gardens managed by community organizations, garden clubs, after-school programs, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations, and motivated community members in Louisville, KY. Schools and for-profit entities are not eligible. If a grant is awarded, groups are required to provide 10% in matching funds, which can be provided through collecting plot fees or hosting seedling sales. Applications are due by March 15, 2017.
Groups may apply for funding of garden construction, soil preparation, seeds and starts, tools, rain barrels or other irrigation methods, fencing, and/or compost. In addition to providing funding, all gardens that receive funding will be designated as an official Louisville Grows garden, which provides the benefits of garden signage, year round technical and educational support, groups of volunteers as requested, social media promotion, and networking opportunities to ensure the community garden’s long term success.