The Brisbane City Council has launched the Cultivating Community Gardens Grants to provide funding to local non-profit community-based groups and organisations to establish, develop and/or maintain community gardens on Council-owned and other land.
- In line with Brisbane Vision aspirations to be a clean, green and sustainable city, these grants aim to improve Brisbane’s sustainability by assisting:
- Brisbane’s community garden groups to undertake activities that establish, further develop and/or maintain the community garden site
- in administering the community garden and its volunteers
- in providing opportunities for education, skills development and group development for the members of the community garden group
- in providing opportunities for wider community garden groups to undertake events, publicity and programs that increase community involvement and education about the gardens and their activities
- in developing community partnerships and networks.
- Funding amounts range from $1000 to $2500.
What can be funded?
- The Cultivating Community Gardens Grants can be used to fund new or existing community garden projects for:
- tools, materials and equipment that are directly used in completing the project (note: materials such as timbers or sleepers must not be treated with chromated copper arsenate)
- services relating to the establishment/maintenance of the garden
- facilities and structures that are essential to the functioning of the garden
- education and awareness designed to develop skills of group members
- publicity and programs that increase wider community involvement and education about the gardens and their activities
- operating or administration expenses associated with the development, implementation and completion of the project
- materials and plumbing costs to construct a small scale raingarden; raised garden beds which use plants and free draining soils to capture, filter and treat pollutants typically found in stormwater
- The applicant organisation must be a non-profit community based organisation that is incorporated, or be auspiced by a non-profit incorporated body that is able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the project and its activities.
- Grants will only be available to organisations and projects within the City of Brisbane local government area.
- Applicants (and their auspice) must not have outstanding debts or overdue, unacquitted grants with Council.
- The project must be of benefit to the broader community and be conducted on land accessible to the broader community.
- For schools to be eligible for the Cultivating Community Gardens Grants the community garden must:
- be accessible to the broader community
- have broader community participation
- have food gardens linked to curriculum outcomes.
- Community gardens must be prepared to register on the Council community gardens webpage, indicating their openness for involvement of the wider community in their garden.
- The project must have written approval from the land owner or the Regional Council Co-ordinator (land manager representative) if on Council land. Please include a signed letter of approval with your application.
- The following will not be funded:
- projects that are the responsibility of the Australian or State governments, with the exception of schools that meet the objectives outlined in Eligibility criteria
- project related activities that have commenced prior to the payment of the grant
- applications that require ongoing funding, unless the source of the ongoing funding is assured
- projects located on creek banks, footpaths or road reserves
- staff project costs
- european bee hives
- timbers treated with Copper Chromated Arsenate (CCA).
For more information, visit Brisbane City Council.