Community Garden Sustainability Fund

Are you a member of a community food garden? Could your garden use some support with supplies, infrastructure, or consultation?

The CGSF is a project of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Grow Pittsburgh, sponsored in part by Allegheny County Economic Development, that exists to provide material and technical assistance to existing community food gardens in Allegheny County. These include gardens managed by schools, community organizations, shelters, religious institutions and individuals. The Sustainability Fund supports projects that will sustain or improve gardens so that they may have a long-lasting positive impact as part of their communities.  The program has been active since 2013, having supported 165+ community gardens with over $350,000 of materials.  

Please take time to read the Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

You can also take a look at the printable version of the CGSF Application to get a feel for the questions it asks. Note that the printable version is slightly modified from the online version so that it can be filled out by hand if needed.

Some examples of garden projects this fund has provided:
  •  A Group Membership to the Garden Resource Center
  •  Seedling order from Grow Pittsburgh or your favorite garden center
  •  A truckload + delivery of compost, mulch, or topsoil
  •  Materials to repair or extend fencing
  •  Hand tools and safety equipment
  •  Season extension materials such as row cover, hoops
Garden groups must submit the following in order to be considered for support:
  • Completed online application
  • Written permission from landowner allowing gardening on the site
  • Updated Listing on Grower’s Map

So, how do I apply?

Round 1 Timeline

Applications open February 15th

Applications are due on March 15th

Decision notifications will be sent out by the beginning of April.

We strive to fulfill all approved applications as soon as possible but aim to complete all Round 1 projects by the end of May.

Round 2 Timeline

Applications open July 1st

Applications are due on August 1st

Decision notifications will be sent out by September 1.

We strive to fulfill all approved applications as soon as possible, but aim to complete Round 2 projects by the end of October.

Have questions? Contact or 412-977-2836.

To download a Printable PDF version of the CGSF Application, please click this link: CGSF App Printable 2024. Completed paper forms can be mailed* to:

Grow Pittsburgh c/o Community Projects
6587 Hamilton Ave. #2W
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

*Paper applications must be received by the application deadline. Please let us know if you plan to submit a paper copy so we can keep an eye out for it.