The National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens.
Each year, the National Garden Bureau selects three therapeutic gardens to be the 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
July 1, 2017 – Applications due
August 15, 2017 – Three gardens selected from all applications
August 31, 2017 – Final one-minute videos must be submitted
September 1, 2017 – Voting begins
September 15, 2017 – Voting concludes
October 1, 2017 – Votes tallied and winners determined
October 15, 2017 – Winners will be announced and 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 the garden serves
- An explanation of the garden’s goal 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