Funding Your Garden
There are many ways to raise fund for your gardens. Whatever
route you go with, do your homework before you make an ask and
never underestimate the power of saying thank you!
Before approaching donors we suggest you develop a fact sheet
- Name of neighborhood
- Garden team contacts for follow-up questions
- Proposed location of garden
- Sample garden layout
- Specific list of what you're asking them to discount or
- Why it is essential to the garden
- Recognition you'll provide (thank yous on Facebook, Twitter,
blog postings, community newsletters etc.)
Follow up all donations with a thank you note and a photo of
their donation in use at the garden.
Potential Funding Sources for Your Garden
Grants: Grants likely offer
the biggest bang for your buck; however, each grant maker has
different requirements so it's important to do your research.
a great list of funders to get you
Employer matching for staff
volunteering: Some employers will donate to causes
their employees volunteer with, or match donations made by
employees. Ask your garden's participants to investigate
whether they qualify.
Garden bed rental fees:
Most gardens charge a modest fee for renting plots in their
gardens. You can get a sense of what other gardens are charging
using our community garden database.
City of Calgary
Parks: In addition to the land approval, new gardens
may receive up to $5,000 in materials and irrigation from The
City. Funding will vary in the amount based on site location
and the availability of resources and will not be available for
established community gardens.
Earth from the City of Calgary Leaf
& Pumpkin Compost Program
New & established community gardens have access to a limited
amount of municipal compost on a first-come first-serve
basis. Click here to contact City of Calgary Parks for more information.
Grant proposals generate greater chunks of funding but do not have
a happy by-product of community building. A combination of a
grant and local garden friend-raising works best. We suggest
- Put the "fun" in fundraising by having neighbourhood activities
too. Keep them simple, social, fun and easy to carry out.
- Join up with existing community events so the garden
friend-raising and fundraising can ride on the publicity for the
other event. Examples are a community Stampede
Breakfast and sports registration.
- Garage sales, Junk in Your Trunk, silent auctions, bake sales,
and potlucks are popular social events and fundraisers.