APPLYING FOR THE KANSAS
COMMUNITY GARDEN GRANTS
Dr. Cheryl Boyer
Evelyn Neier
K-State Research & Extension
Kansas Community Garden Grants
• Joint project of K-State Research & Extension
and the Kansas Health Foundation
• Provides...
Kansas Community Garden Grants
• Three year project
– 2012 Awarded to 24 Gardens
– 2013 Awarded to 35 Gardens
– 2014 $150,...
www.kansascommunitygardens.org
On The Website
• Grant Application (on the home page)
• Resources
– Publications, Links, Videos, Sample Documents
• Other ...
Keys to a Successful Application
• Fully complete application
• Include all supporting documents
• 3 hard copies mailed to...
What is on the application?
• Basic Info
• Financial Plan
• Garden Plan
• Narrative
• Organizational Documents
• Budget Re...
Basic Info
• Garden Name
• Location
– Is it a new garden?
– Are there other community gardens near you? If
so are they at ...
Your Financial Plan
• How will you fund your garden on a year-to-
year basis
• How will you cover water bill, grounds
main...
Garden Plan
• Allotment, School or Communal Garden
• Map
• Watering Plan
• Maintenance Plan
Narrative
• Tell us your story
• What is your mission?
• Who are your gardeners?
• How will this grant help you move forwa...
Organizational Document
• Bylaws, Rules, etc.
– Leadership
– Succession of leadership
• School gardens must have letter of...
Your Organization
• REVIEWED CLOSELY DURING THE SCREENING
PROCESS
• Structure
• Succession of Leadership
• Finances
• Impo...
Budget Requests
• Expenditures that will help establish your
garden
• DO NOT APPLY FOR MORE THAN $5,000!
Suggested Items
• Large equipment (tillers, mowers, etc.) or
loaner tools (shovels, hoes, rakes, etc.)
• Irrigation—water ...
Discouraged Requests
• Water bills
• Annual plants—seeds or transplants
• Expenses for social activities
• Advertising or ...
Not Allowed
• Absolutely will not pay for salaries for garden
managers or employees
What we need to see
• Good organizational plan
• Plan for financial stability
• Logical budget
Your Organization
• Need for a garden
• Support from community
• Well organized group vs. 1 or 2 people
• Leadership succe...
Examples on Website
• Examples in Publications
– Missouri Community Garden Toolkit
– How to Organize an Allotment Communit...
• We want you to be successful
• We want the gardens to be viable not just next
year, but 10 years from now and 25 years f...
Submissions
• Deadline January 15, 2014
• Do not fax or email copies
• Mail THREE hard copies to
– Evelyn Neier
9822 Harve...
Questions?
• Contact: Evelyn Neier
eneier@ksu.edu
785 410 3760
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Evelyn Neier and Cheryl Boyer
Kansas Community Garden Conference
July 8-9, 2013

Money is available for new community gardens through the Kansas Community Garden Grants. Your garden may be available for up to $5,000. Next year will be the third and final year of the program. Learn how to submit a successful application.

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Applying for the Kansas Community Garden Grants

  1. 1. APPLYING FOR THE KANSAS COMMUNITY GARDEN GRANTS Dr. Cheryl Boyer Evelyn Neier K-State Research & Extension
  2. 2. Kansas Community Garden Grants • Joint project of K-State Research & Extension and the Kansas Health Foundation • Provides funds to establish new community gardens in Kansas • Gardens may receive one time award of up to $5,000
  3. 3. Kansas Community Garden Grants • Three year project – 2012 Awarded to 24 Gardens – 2013 Awarded to 35 Gardens – 2014 $150,000 will be available (Gardens may apply for up to $5,000)
  4. 4. www.kansascommunitygardens.org
  5. 5. On The Website • Grant Application (on the home page) • Resources – Publications, Links, Videos, Sample Documents • Other Grant Opportunities • Grant Recipients – 2012 and 2013 Gardens with Bios, Links, etc. • Garden Registration • Other Info – Ex. Conference
  6. 6. Keys to a Successful Application • Fully complete application • Include all supporting documents • 3 hard copies mailed to address listed by deadline (January 15, 2014) • DO NOT FAX OR EMAIL APPLICATION PACKET
  7. 7. What is on the application? • Basic Info • Financial Plan • Garden Plan • Narrative • Organizational Documents • Budget Request
  8. 8. Basic Info • Garden Name • Location – Is it a new garden? – Are there other community gardens near you? If so are they at capacity? • Contact Information – Name, Address, Phone, Email address
  9. 9. Your Financial Plan • How will you fund your garden on a year-to- year basis • How will you cover water bill, grounds maintenance, etc. • Who will handle finances • Other sources of income
  10. 10. Garden Plan • Allotment, School or Communal Garden • Map • Watering Plan • Maintenance Plan
  11. 11. Narrative • Tell us your story • What is your mission? • Who are your gardeners? • How will this grant help you move forward with garden establishment? • NO MORE than 2 pages of narrative and 2 pages of photos
  12. 12. Organizational Document • Bylaws, Rules, etc. – Leadership – Succession of leadership • School gardens must have letter of project and maintenance acceptance by district • Agreement with property owner
  13. 13. Your Organization • REVIEWED CLOSELY DURING THE SCREENING PROCESS • Structure • Succession of Leadership • Finances • Important that this piece is developed before you start the garden
  14. 14. Budget Requests • Expenditures that will help establish your garden • DO NOT APPLY FOR MORE THAN $5,000!
  15. 15. Suggested Items • Large equipment (tillers, mowers, etc.) or loaner tools (shovels, hoes, rakes, etc.) • Irrigation—water lines, water well, hoses, rain barrels, etc. • Site Development • Hardscape—Shed, fence, • Fencing
  16. 16. Discouraged Requests • Water bills • Annual plants—seeds or transplants • Expenses for social activities • Advertising or marketing
  17. 17. Not Allowed • Absolutely will not pay for salaries for garden managers or employees
  18. 18. What we need to see • Good organizational plan • Plan for financial stability • Logical budget
  19. 19. Your Organization • Need for a garden • Support from community • Well organized group vs. 1 or 2 people • Leadership succession plan • Sustainability
  20. 20. Examples on Website • Examples in Publications – Missouri Community Garden Toolkit – How to Organize an Allotment Community Garden • Examples of Successful Applications – Budgets, By-Laws, Rules/Guidelines are available on the website (Click on Resources for drop-down menu—Sample Grant Documents
  21. 21. • We want you to be successful • We want the gardens to be viable not just next year, but 10 years from now and 25 years from now • We want more people to have access to fresh, healthy food and a place to garden
  22. 22. Submissions • Deadline January 15, 2014 • Do not fax or email copies • Mail THREE hard copies to – Evelyn Neier 9822 Harvest Court Wichita, KS 67212
  23. 23. Questions? • Contact: Evelyn Neier eneier@ksu.edu 785 410 3760

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