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 that exists to provide support to existing community food gardens in Allegheny County. The program has been active since 2013, having supported 69 community gardens with over $57,000 in materials, not including staff time.

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!

Applications are due twice a year:

  • April 1
  • Oct 1

Big Tomatoes Award

Big Tomatoes projects are time-intensive projects that tend to have a higher dollar amount. Accepted projects will include a site visit by one of our staff before any work begins.

Applications are due once a year on June 1. 

Recommended: Review the Frequently Asked Questions before you Apply

Recommended: Review the Application Questions before you Apply 

Ready to Complete the Online Application? [2018 Application available March 1]

Have questions? Contact Community Garden Program Manager, Rayden Sorock, at 412-362-4769 x 213 or