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 104+ community gardens with over $100,000 of materials.  

See below for a link to the application.

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*
□ Completed Community Garden Sustainability Survey. (Call or email for a paper copy.)

get funding and support

So, how do I apply?

Small Potatoes Award

Small Potatoes Awards are generally for time sensitive projects that do not require extensive Grow Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania Conservancy staff time, and are fairly inexpensive. We have set an eight week timeline which is intended to speed up the process of getting awarded applicants the materials needed to get growing!

There are two opportunities to apply each year:


  • Application Released March 1
  • Application Due April 1


  • Application Released September 1
  • Application Due October 1

Big Tomatoes Award

Big Tomatoes projects are time-intensive projects that tend to have a higher dollar amount.  Please note, while your application is under consideration we may need to visit the site in person.

There is one opportunity to apply each year:

  • Application Released April 15
  • Application Due June 1

Recommended: Review the Frequently Asked Questions before you apply

Ready to Complete the Online Application? APPLY NOW

Have questions? Contact Garden Sustainability Coordinator, Alyssa Kail, at 412-362-4769 x 203 or