Community Garden Sustainability Fund

Are you a member of a community food garden? Could your garden use some support to become more sustainable?

Apply to the Community Garden Sustainability Fund for materials like compost, fencing and tools or technical assistance like consulting and educational programming.

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 improve or enhance 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 107+ community gardens with over $107,000 of materials.  

See below for a link to the application. Applications for Round 1 was available beginning Feb 1, 2020.  Applications for Round 2 will be available beginning July 1, 2020, closing on Sept 1, 2020.

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
□ Completed Community Garden Sustainability Survey.  The Sustainability Survey is an exercise to help you assess your garden’s assets and needs.  We look at the surveys to look for trends in area gardens more broadly:  Your overall score will not affect whether or not your Community Garden Sustainability Fund Application is approved or not. (Call or email for a paper copy.)

So, how do I apply?

Round 1 Timeline

Applications open Feb 1

An Information Session will be held on March 4th, 2020, 6-7:30pm at Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s office (800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh PA).

This event is free and open to all interested in potentially applying for the Community Garden Sustainability Fund or who have questions about their applications.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Space is limited, so please register on Eventbrite

Applications are due on April 1st

Decision notifications will be sent out on or around May 1.

We strive to fulfill all approved applications as soon as possible, but all projects will be complete no later than Sept 1st.

This year, we are no longer designating “Small Potatoes” and “Big Tomatoes” projects.  Instead, both application rounds are open to projects of any size within these budget guidelines.  The majority of applications awarded are under $1000.  On a rarer occasion, we will fund projects between $1000 and $5000, but we do ask for more detailed information in the application including but not limited to a more specific proposed budget, images or design sketches of the project, and a detailed materials list.

Applications will go live on Feb 1, 2020.  In the meantime, you can complete your Sustainability Survey at any time.

Round 2 Timeline

Applications open July 1

An Information Session will be held on August 8th, 2020, 10-11:30am online. This event is free and open to all interested in potentially applying for the Community Garden Sustainability Fund or who have questions about their applications.  Here’s the link to the webinar.  Passcode 198413

Applications are due on September 1st

The majority of applications awarded are under $1000.  On a rarer occasion, we will fund projects between $1000 and $5000, but we do ask for more detailed information in the application including but not limited to a more specific proposed budget or images or detailed design sketches of the project.

Decision notifications will be sent out on or around October 1.

We strive to fulfill all approved applications as soon as possible, but all projects will be complete no later than Dec 15th.

Ready to Complete the Online Application? APPLY NOW

Have questions? Contact Garden Sustainability Coordinator, Alyssa Kail, at 412-362-4769 x 203 or alyssa@growpittsburgh.org.