Edible Community Garden Grant Guidelines
PCMGA is offering grants of $250 each dedicated exclusively to new gardens or garden
expansions dedicated to feeding the hungry. Here’s how they work:
· If your organization has a plot of ground that’s sunny at least 6 hours per day
· and you are willing to prepare the plot, plant, water, weed and harvest the produce
· and you are willing to donate all the produce you grow to a local food pantry that accepts
fresh produce and herbs,
· you should apply for a PCMGA Edible Community Garden Grant.
1. The Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA) will award annual edible
community garden grants that will not exceed $250 each. The number of grants will be
up to the PCMGA and will be based upon monies available and eligible grant applications
received. All requests for community grants must be made in writing on the Edible
Community Garden Grant Application form, which follows these guidelines.
2. Any individual or group within Porter County and the immediate surrounding area is eligible
to apply for a grant. This includes, but is not limited to, churches, Sunday School teachers,
Boys and Girls Club Leaders, 4-H Clubs, community organizations, and volunteer individuals.
3. The grant may be used to purchase garden items, not labor. Examples might be tools,
soil tests, fertilizer, compost, mulch, seeds, plants, plant supports and fencing. And, if
you want a Master Gardener to contact when you need some gardening expertise, PCMGA
can help with that too.
4. The application form is to be completed in its entirety. Typing is preferred but not required;
however, if writing is illegible, the application will not be considered. The questions may be
answered on a separate sheet of paper that is attached to the application. The applicant must
write his/her name in the upper right corner of any attached page.
5. The applications are due in the Porter County Extension Office by April 1st of the year
for which the grant is being requested. Money will be available to grant winners by May 31st
of that year.
6. In the event that funds are unavailable or there is no qualified applicant, the PCMGA will not
award an edible community garden grant for that year.
7. Any grant recipient must be willing to allow the PCMGA to publicize the grant award in local
media outlets as well as Master Gardener publications.
8. Decisions of the PCMGA are final.
Porter County Master Gardeners Association
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2010 Edible Garden
Duneland Community Church;
Valpo Community Garden;
Services of Hobart;
Not pictured: Archie Miller,
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