Community Garden Grants

The Community Gardens Grants Program provides funding to support the development and expansion of community gardens across Canberra, meeting one or more of the following priorities:

  • provide benefit to the wider community
  • encourage social inclusion
  • promote healthy living
  • have a high level of community support, including volunteers and sponsorship

Round Five – Successful Projects

Eleven projects were successful in Round Five, receiving a total of $50,230.94 in funding. The successful projects, announced by Minister Rattenbury on 27 September 2019, were:

  • Church of the Good Shepherd received $5,403 to create a meeting place for social interaction between residents of the surrounding flats/apartment complexes. The garden will provide free nutritious vegetables to the local community along with teaching gardening skills and expanding knowledge.
  • Units Plan 4391 Laurana Terraces received $5,656 to create ongoing sources of produce that provide clean, nutritious food, as well as education and opportunities for social cohesion for members of the community who walk through or past the Terraces.
  • Canberra Seed Saver's Cooperative Ltd received $4,688 to create Canberra Seed Savers’ Mobile Seed Libraries. The Mobile Seed Libraries for community gardeners will “lend” seeds and provide seed saving education, inspiration and support to community gardens and community groups.
  • Giralang Parents and Citizens received $4,705 to enhance the school grounds to benefit students and the wider community by establishing the Giralang Garden Collective, a school focused community garden.
  • University of Canberra Union received $2,100 to enhance the existing volunteer-run Community Garden at the University of Canberra campus through the installation of a drip-line irrigation system.
  • Baringa Child Care Centre Association received $3,179 to create the Baringa Community Bush Tucker Garden, a collaborative project providing preschool children with an educational, sustainable and insightful Aboriginal cultural experience and hands-on way to promote healthy living.
  • Canberra City Farm Incorporated received $4,000 to enhance the community garden/orchard through purchase of vital propagation, crop protection and orchard maintenance equipment.
  • Self Help Organisations United Together Inc received $9,761 to create the Pearce Inclusive Garden Space for rest and relaxation and sensory plantings and accessible structures, so people with disabilities who are in wheelchairs are able to enjoy the gardens, colours, shapes and smells.
  • Acacia Gardens Owners Corporation received $1,795 to establish a more structured community gardens project with scheduled working bees and fundraising BBQs to encourage a sense of community in the complex.
  • Belconnen Community Service Inc received $7,830 for “Ngulli to Dyandai” – “food to cook”. The community garden will be a place to share the 'joy' of caring for the environment and to be active participants. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and aged care groups will access the gardens as part of their social interactions and connection with community.
  • Canberra Organic Growers Society, Inc received $1,114 to upgrade fencing at an existing community garden, providing visual separation, windbreak, and support screening plants to grow.

Future Rounds

The next round of the Community Garden Grants Program is scheduled to launch in mid-2020. Further information will be made available closer to the date; however, the Grant Guidelines from Round Five are provided below for reference.

Guidelines for Applicants

Round Four – Successful Projects

Nine projects were successful in Round Four, receiving a total of $40,000 in funding. The successful projects, announced by Minister Rattenbury on 29 August 2018, were:

  • 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.

Further Information

If you would like any further information please phone us on 13 22 81 or email actsmart@act.gov.au.