Gardening for Food Fund

Date:Jan 11, 2011

Gardening for Food Fund
Purpose: To support groups teaching gardening skills, collectively, in a smaller group setting, applying those skills to food production, generating yield. Or, a group starting or continuing a garden.

Learn ~ Apply ~ Produce

Gardening for Food is based on the understanding that people working together in community connection is as important to human health as is the process of learning gardening.

The deadline for 2019 has passed. Please check back next year. Grants are made annually in the spring.

Key Points:

  • Grants of up to $350 available to residents of Barnstable County
  • 50% match of request to be provided by other sources (i.e. if requesting $200, must have $100 match)
  • Grants will be made to a 501(c)(3) public charity OR for teachers to implement project-based programs within a public school for students in grades K-7 (the grant will be made payable to the school for the benefit of the teacher’s project)
  • Applicants can reapply every other year


Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply, projects must:

  • Support diversity that brings together people of all ages and many differences, e.g., sexual orientation, gender, beliefs, abilities and disabilities to work together.
  • Benefit residents of Barnstable County
  • Have a knowledgeable leader
  • Engage participants in hands-on learning
  • Accept all levels of gardening experience, from beginners to advanced gardener


Projects might include the following:

  • Tribal gardens
  • Youth gardens
  • Healing gardens
  • Herbal gardens
  • Disability gardens
  • Community gardens


Gardening for Food grants will NOT fund the following:

  • Projects with a political agenda
  • Farm animals
  • Operating expenses
  • Food for meetings
  • Fundraising activities
  • Basic gardening tools (specialty tools will be considered)


Eligible Costs:
The following are considered eligible expenses for grant funding:

  • The costs of growing containers e.g., 5 gallon containers from hardware store
  • Plant stock, e.g., seed potatoes
  • Soil augmentation, e.g., fertilizer
  • Seeds, preferably non GMO seeds
  • Other materials needed according to grant proposal, e.g., special tools