Grants made possible by National Garden Bureau and our members, American Meadows 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.
Each year, three therapeutic gardens are selected as recipients of a grant that will help build or perpetuate a 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.
Gardens chosen must meet these criteria for therapeutic goals/qualities:
- Have a defined program using the garden to further explicit goals for participants led by a qualified leader. 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 nature experience/interface for population served, including, but not limited to veterans, special-needs children or young adults, the elderly and/or those recuperating from specific injuries or addictions.
- Be used for job-training, skill-building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly.
- Involve a large 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 have the plot of land in their possession at the time of application with at least a five-year commitment for a garden to be 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) of the garden or site. Please provide high res photos in a .jpg format, between 1-2 MB in size.
- A short description of the population served by the garden
- An explanation of the garden’s goals 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