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A community garden of raised beds. A group of people hold up a grant check in a community garden. Two beehives on a raised platform.

In 2019 Orange County Commissioners funded the OC Community Garden Grant Program. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center supervises the execution of the program.

The Community Garden Grant Program assists community groups in developing new sources of agricultural prosperity through the provision of cost-share grants. Community Garden Grants are for new community gardens as well as upgrades to existing community gardens. Single grant limit is $500 per grant proposal. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their plan is executable with a high probability of success, and well thought out, including resources, labor, timelines, and alternatives, etc. to support the grant proposal.

Orange County Community Garden Grant Eligibility

  • The land tract and community garden on which the funds are to be used must be in Orange County
  • Collaborative/Group grants must include at least 3 gardeners and may include agricultural groups and agencies
  • Grant funds may be used to purchase durable goods such as tools, planters, cultivators, irrigation equipment, rain barrels, drip irrigation tape, etc. or expendables such as lumber for bedding, insect netting for row cover, plastic for high tunnels, etc.
  • Funds cannot be used to pay workers.
  • Grant proposal deadlines:  Grant proposal deadlines will be the first day of the month (February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1). The OCCG Committee will convene its ‘decision meetings’ in February, May, August and November and will assess grant proposals until funds are expended for that funding year.
  • Download the OC Community Garden Grant Program Instructions and Application. The Application is now fillable.  Save your PDF with your information filled in, print, sign, and mail or email it as prescribed in the application.

For questions about the program, please contact Mart Bumgarner, 804-318-7493, or email mart_bumgarner@ncsu.edu Ag Extension Agent or click on the link below for the instructions and/or the application.

Orange County Community Garden Grant Application

Orange County Community Garden Grant Instructions