Getting healthy food into the hands of people who live in neighborhoods with limited or no access is essential for helping central Iowa improve our overall health and well-being.
Community gardens play a critical role in supporting high-poverty or food desert neighborhoods. If you are a nonprofit organization and have a community garden, want to start a community garden, or own an area of land managed and maintained by a group of individuals to grow and harvest food crops for non-retail, personal or group use, consumption or donation, apply for a mini-grant!
Apply for a Community Garden Mini-Grant on or before February 22, 2023.
This mini-grant opportunity is provided by United Way of Central Iowa United Way of Central Iowa funds the grants and serves as administrator.
Applicants for new and existing community gardens must be located in Polk, Dallas, or Warren County. Community gardens may be common areas and/or be divided into separate plots for cultivation by one or more individuals, or may be farmed collectively by members of a group. For purposes of this funding, the garden cannot be used for retail or job training programs.
Priority is placed on gardens serving communities with limited access to healthy foods, such as high-poverty or food desert neighborhoods. If awarded, the awardee will be required to report food production either on a monthly or end-of-season basis by pounds or count.
Community Garden Mini-Grant Information
- Must be a community garden located in Polk, Dallas, or Warren County.
- Request must be between $200 and $1,000. Awarded funding does not guarantee ongoing funding.
- Allowable expenses include equipment, irrigation supplies, water meter fees, seeds, planting, landscaping, scales, signage, or other necessary items to create, update, or enhance a garden space. Please see the Proposal Application Form for a comprehensive list of allowable expenses.
- Award notifications will be sent no later than April 12, 2023.
- Eligible funding will be released to awardees upon receipt of a signed contract no later than June 30, 2023.
- Funding will be reimbursed for purchases and/or vendors will be paid directly.
- Awardees will be required to report food production either on a monthly or end-of-season basis by pounds or count (assistance will be available).
- United Way of Central Iowa may request additional information regarding your proposal before making a final decision on funding.
- Multiple applications from the same organization are permitted.
Questions? Contact John Soener, Community Investments Manager, at email@example.com or 515-246-2512.