Non-Profits and Schools Can Receive Garden Grants


Do you know of an organization that would like to fund or expand a community garden, urban farm or famers market in an underserved neighborhood?

Urge them to apply for an Aetna Foundation Local Roots: Supporting Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Farmers Markets grant!

RFPs are due May 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET. Review the RFP for program details.

This incredible grant program will make more fresh fruits and vegetables locally available, accessible and affordable to families. A total of $1 million will be awarded, and grant awards will be a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $50,000 over two years.

Don’t you think our DC-area communities and non-profits should be beneficiaries?

The Aetna Foundation’s Local Roots grant program seeks to bring gardens and farm-fresh produce to underserved, low-income and minority communities. The grant program can additionally help fun nutrition education and cooking classes focused on the health benefits of fresh produce,  produce focus reflecting the food traditions of the target area,  and job training and entrepreneurship within the context of gardens, farms or farmers markets.

Parents like you and me will also have the opportunity to engage in community service or volunteer work with the project … with our children.

Interested in volunteering at an existing community garden? Here are some near us that could use our volunteer help!:

Common Good City Farm – NW DC

Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum – NE DC

Wesley Theological Seminary Community Garden – NW DC 

Temple Garden – NW DC

The Seeds of New Life community garden – Ellicott City, MD

Hyatt Park Community Garden – Hyattsville, MD

Sheridan Street Community Garden – Riverdale, MD

Locate a community garden and volunteer opportunity near you at Community


All nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a state or local government agency are eligible to apply for these grants.

Interested in this initiative? Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #GoLocalGrants. 


The Aetna Foundation and The Motherhood sponsored this post as thanks for my sharing with you. All opinions are my own.

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