The City of Columbus and Franklin County jointly announced a new grant opportunity today that allows nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to help manage both new and existing community garden projects.
“This grant fund will support and encourage community gardens in our local neighborhoods and foster an environment of healthy living for children,” said Commissioner Marilyn Brown. “If families have access to grow their own fruits and vegetables at a low cost, they are more likely to put them on their dinner table.”
The types of eligible community gardens included can be dedicated to growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and other greenery and can be located in urban, suburban or rural areas. To apply for the grant, the applicant must be registered as a 501c3 and located within the City of Columbus or qualifying areas of Franklin County. The grants will be awarded in amounts of up to $4,000.
“Community gardens promote healthy lifestyles by providing fresh food for families, encourage engagement among residents of all ages, create green jobs in an improving economy and increase the overall pride in a neighborhood,” said Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson, chair of the Finance Committee.
To apply for the grant, visit ColumbusFoundation.org/Grants/. Applications are due by Friday April 1st.