The Porter County Master Gardeners Association is offering Edible Garden grants of $250 each, awarded exclusively to gardens (new or expansions) that are dedicated to feeding the hungry. You may apply if your organization:
- has a plot of ground that is sunny at least 6 hours per day
- is willing to prepare the plot, plant, water, weed and harvest the produce this summer
- and is willing to donate all the produce to a local food pantry that accepts fresh produce and herbs
Any individual or group within Porter County and the immediate surrounding area is eligible to apply for a grant. This includes, but is not limited to, churches, Sunday School teachers, Boys and Girls Club Leaders, 4-H Clubs, community organizations, and volunteer individuals.
The grant may be used to purchase garden items, not labor. Examples might be tools, soil tests, fertilizer, compost, mulch, seeds, plants, plant supports and fencing. If you would like help or expertise from a Master Gardener, PCMGA can help with that, too!
The number of grants awarded will be up to the PCMGA and will be based upon monies available and eligible grant applications received.
Only one application may be submitted per project. A total of two projects per organization may be submitted for consideration.
The application form is to be completed in its entirety. Typing is preferred but not required; however, if writing is illegible, the application will not be considered. The questions may be answered on a separate sheet of paper that is attached to the application. The applicant must write his/her name in the upper right corner of any attached page.
Money will be available to grant winners by May 31st of that year. In the event that funds are unavailable or there is no qualified applicant, the PCMGA will not award an edible community garden grant for that year.
Any grant recipient must be willing to allow the PCMGA to publicize the grant award in local media outlets as well as Master Gardener publications.
Decisions of the PCMGA are final.
St. John’s United Church Community Garden – Pat Jackson
Portage Township Bonner Senior Center Community Garden – Janet Clem
Ogden Dunes Community Garden – Jenifer Wilson
Safe Harbor Horticulture/Junior Master Gardener LakeHills Project – John Tiedeman
Safe Harbor Horticulture/Junior Master Gardener Joy School Project – John Tiedeman
Banta Senior Center Garden – Julie Collins