Community Gardens 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 six

In round six of the Community Gardens Grants Program, there is a total of $40,000 funding available.

Applications closed on 29 June 2020 and those received are currently being assessed.

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.

More information

Email Actsmart at actsmart@act.gov.au or phone Access Canberra on 13 22 81.