Grants made possible by National Garden Bureau and our members, American Meadows, Corona Tools and Sakata Seed America. National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens. Sakata Seed America is a leader in breeding vegetable and ornamental seed and vegetative cuttings. They are committed to supporting organizations throughout North America to help people live productive, healthy and enriched lives. American Meadows says “We Do Good Through Gardening.” Their primary focus is to be great at providing home gardeners with the products and knowledge they need to succeed. They seek to be a trusted gardening partner for creative gardeners —those who are willing to combine new ideas and products with classic favorites. Founded in the 1920s, Corona, Inc. is a leader in the marketing and manufacturing of professional and consumer tools for the lawn and garden, landscape, irrigation, construction and agriculture markets.
Each year, the National Garden Bureau selects three established (meaning at least one year of programming experience) therapeutic gardens to be the recipients of a grant that will help expand or perpetuate that therapeutic garden. Those gardens will then compete via social media, for a first, second and third place prize of a financial contribution to their garden. Those three gardens will also receive a set of Corona Tools.
Gardens chosen must meet these criteria for therapeutic goals/qualities:
- Have a defined therapeutic program, with a Registered Horticulture Therapist on-staff or serving as an advisor, that uses the garden to achieve outlined goals for participants. Examples include horticultural therapy, occupational, physical, vocational or rehabilitation therapy in a garden setting or using gardening to promote positive social relationships within a community.
- Offer a gardening experience where there is a significant people and plant interaction for the population served
- Be used for job-training, skill-building, food growing, socialization skills, improved quality of life, stress reduction, environmental education or any other possibility that can be gained by working in nature.
- Involve a significant number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis.
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
Schools, non-profits, hospitals, retirement centers, rehabilitation facilities, veteran’s facilities, community centers, day camps, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States and Canada are eligible. Applicants must document that they have had a therapeutic garden program completed for at least one year at the time of application with at least a five-year commitment for the garden to remain on that property.
$5,000 is available and will be divided among the gardens chosen, with graduated amounts going to the first, second and third place contestants.
First place award: $3,000
Second place award: $1,000
Third place award: $1,000
The grants are co-funded by National Garden Bureau, Sakata Seed America and American Meadows.
July 1, 2019 – Applications due
August 15, 2019 – Three gardens selected from all applications
August 31, 2019 – Final one-minute videos must be submitted
September 9, 2019 – Videos published and voting begins
September 23, 2019 – Voting concludes
October 1, 2019 – Votes tallied and winners notified
October 15, 2019 – Grants awarded
Applications must include:
- A picture (or pictures, no more than five) of the garden or site. Please provide high res photos in a .jpg format, between 1-2 MB in size.
- Please label photos in this manner: Garden/program name then 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. No other description is needed for the photo name.
- A short description of the population the garden serves
- An explanation of the garden’s goal and benefits
- A list of the type and number of people the garden reaches on a monthly basis
- A plan for how the funds will be used