Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Division of Ag Development NYC Office
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grassrootsgardensSource: Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Strategies for Fundraising

  • Apply for grants: public and private money
  • Initiate an ‘Adopt-a-Garden’ program as a way to secure donors
  • Direct marketing: offer paid-for activities and/or tours in your garden
  • Organize events in your garden
  • Engage community partners and solicit for in-kind contributions
  • Solicit prospective donors through an email blast or a mailing
  • Learn more about incorporating as a nonprofit. To do so, please see the FAQ page here

Funding Opportunities


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Community Grants Parks and Acquisition Programs
Municipalities or not-for-profit entities can apply for matching funds to acquire or preserve, rehabilitate or restore land for community gardening purposes.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program
    Community gardening organizations are eligible to apply for grants to fund projects that address environmental and related public health issues. Projects must address multiple harms and risks to communities and communicate project results to the community residents.

  • New York State Conservation Partnership Program
    NYS DEC and the Land Trust Alliance provided thirteen annual rounds of funding (as of 2015) for land trusts. Funding is to strengthen land conservation efforts and requires a 25% match. Nonprofits are eligible to apply.

USDA- National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

County Government

Look to see if there are any general health or sustainability mini-grants, as community garden work may qualify.


Here's a list of some of the foundations that fund community garden projects.

Whole Kids Foundation

Kitchen Gardeners International

Annenberg Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation

Wild Ones

Citizen's Committee for New York City (NYC)

National Park and Recreation Association

Outdoor Nation

Garden ABC's

Urban farm funds

Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation

David Rockefeller Fund

Levitt Foundation

Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund

Merck Family Fund

The Claniel Foundation