Funding & Fundraising
Prepare a factsheet of:
- what you want
- why the garden needs
- how you are going to
the financial support
tips on preparing successful grant applications:
- Investigate why the neighbourhood business you are approaching
gives donations / gifts / in-kind services and what kind of
relationship they are seeking with the garden.
- Ask all garden members if their employer has a program to
donate money for hours volunteered by their employees.
- A Fruit Tree Legacy program: Offer residents the option to
purchase a fruit tree or shrub in memory of someone. All fruit
trees require Urban Forestry approval; call 3-1-1 for more
information. Remember to budget for a way to
display the donors and the name of the person being
Finding funds to revitalize older gardens:
- Publicize in your neighbourhood that the garden needs specific
material donations and services.
- Reinvent and re-imagine new goals for the garden including
- Talk about the work that needs to be done around the concept of
- Phase the development and expansion of the garden so that each
phase or stage brings new features.
- Province of Alberta Community Initiatives Program (CIP)
Grant: work with your community association on this.
Grant recipients are determined 4 times a year.
- For renewing mulch pathways City of Calgary Parks is giving
away mulch (due to volume after Snowtember Storm Damage) and you
can contact local arborists and ask them to deliver a load of bark
mulch when they have a full load. Yes, there is a risk of
disease in chippings from diseased trees being transported in
the mulch. It's fine to put mulch on a tarp. Watch for
heat being generated in a pile of green mulch that has not been
- Re-invent the garden for accessibility features in order
to qualify for funding and remember to add some shade
- Veseys' Bulbs Fundraising program: be aware that the
selection appears to be generic and people purchasing bulbs may be
disappointed when bulbs don't grow because they may have chosen
bulbs that don't grow in Zones 2 and 3. Selling hanging
flower baskets in spring sourced from wholesale greenhouses may be
a more successful fundraiser.
- Mid-Sun Community Gardeners started tomato plants and sold them
in the springtime at their plant share as a fundraiser.
- West Hillhurst Community Garden Leader Chris Koper sold patio
stones with personal names on them. It was very popular.
The costs included $5 for each brick and $30 for brick
engraving with a $75 charged to the consumer.
- Peace Poles: The Saskatoon Farm has some samples. Community
gardeners could make them out of wood and paint them.
- Other garden art that can be developed by gardeners and sold to
raise funds for the garden could include sound (as in wind chimes),
texture and stained glass.
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