Community Garden Grants

The ACT Government is offering a fourth round of Community Gardens Grants in 2018. Funding is provided to projects that support community gardens across Canberra, meeting one or more of the following priorities:

  • benefit to the wider community, for example, supply of food to disadvantaged people or promoting social cohesion and community health
  • encourage broad participation including from a diverse cross section of the community
  • have a high level of community support, including volunteers and sponsorship.

Funding is available to not-for-profit community organisations and owners corporations of multi-unit developments.

Individuals, community groups and owners corporations are invited to apply for their share of $40,000 in funding available under an expanded community garden grants program.

Please read the Guidelines for Applicants for further information.

Applications are open until 11.59pm, Sunday 5 August 2018 and must be submitted through the SmartyGrants website.

For more information email actsmart@act.gov.au

2017-18 grant recipients

In August 2017, the ACT Government offered a third round of Community Gardens Grants. Funding was provided to projects that supported community gardens across Canberra, meeting one or more of the following priorities:

  • benefit to the wider community, for example, supply of food to disadvantaged people or promoting social cohesion and community health
  • encourage broad participation including from a diverse cross section of the community
  • have a high level of community support, including volunteers and sponsorship.

Funding was available to not-for-profit community organisations and owners corporations of multi-unit developments.

Nine projects were successful, receiving a total of $35,000 in funding, announced on 8 November 2017.

The following projects received funding:

Growing the Acton Community Garden – $2,933.40

  • Canberra Environment Centre
  • Upgrade of tools and purchase of a shed for storage for renewal of the ANU organic garden.

Hamilton Park Community Garden – $2,325.80

  • Hamilton Park Body Corporate
  • Install a water tank, expand plantings in existing garden.

Extension of existing garden water supply system – $3,200.00

  • Canberra Organic Growers' Society - Mitchell Garden
  • Extend the availability of water from the existing source, located on one side of the garden to allow more plots to be used.

Bogong Moth Showcase Garden – $9,950.00

  • Salvation Army Housing
  • Create a garden to showcase bush tucker and medicinal plants.

Dickson Village Traders Association Community Gardens – $4,304.00

  • Northside Community Services Ltd
  • Establish a garden to build community spirit and provide healthy food to clients of The Pantry, which provides low cost groceries to disadvantaged families.

Development  of an organic and sustainable garden at Forrest – $3,925.00

  • Manning Clark House
  • Redevelop a former garden space to teach the benefits of organic techniques, waste stream management, composting and worm farming.

Replacement of worn and unsafe essential equipment and tools – $2,064.00

O’Connor Tocumwal Housing Precinct Community Orchard – $2,500.00

  • O’Connor Community Incorporated
  • Expand and enhance an existing community orchard in O’Connor.

Sentinel Residents Community Garden – $4,350.00

  • Sentinel Residents Owners’ Corporation
  • Establish a community garden within a multi-unit development.