Community Garden Grants

The Community Gardens Grants provide funding to support the development and expansion of 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; and
  • 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.

Applications have closed for the current round however for further information or to register interest for future rounds please contact the Actsmart team on 13 22 81 or actsmart@act.gov.au.

Round Four – Successful Projects

Nine projects were successful, receiving a total of $40,000 in funding, announced on 29 August 2018. The following projects received funding:

  • Wybelena Grove Owners Corporation received $5,419 to establish a new community garden within the townhouse complex.
  • Canberra Organic Growers Society Inc. (Betty Cornhill Garden) received $5,000 to extend the water reticulation system.
  • Hudson Square Owners Corporation received $2,491 to establish a new community garden within the apartment complex.
  • Canberra Organic Growers Society Inc. (Mitchell Community Garden) received $8,300 to replace the fencing and gate within the existing community garden.
  • Lyneham Commons (Northside Community Service) received $2,800 to enhance the soil supporting the development of the Lyneham Commons Food Forest.
  • Canberra City Farm received $9,314 to expand the community garden and irrigation.
  • Evoque Residents Owners Corporation received $2,250 to establish a new community garden within the Apartment complex.
  • Nutrition Australia ACT Incorporated received $3,500 to renovate a kitchen garden to support a healthy cooking program.
  • ELAN Apartments Owners Corporation received $1,000 to establish a community garden in a unit complex.

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.