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The GardenWorks Project 2019 Community Garden Support Application
The GardenWorks Project's Community Garden Support Program aims to support local gardening groups that aim to educate and increase access to local food in our communities. It is our vision that everyone in our community grows and eats fresh, local and healthy foods. By growing food together, we can make that vision a reality.

The GardenWorks Project will support those community gardens that prioritize donating grown foods to an area food pantry. Three awards will be given to new or existing community garden organizations. Each will receive:

- 5 handmade, 4’ x 8’ x 8” cedar raised-bed frames along with soil and compost
- 25 free seed packets
- Discounted seedlings at our Spring Seedling Sale (May 19th, West Chicago)
- 20% off additional raised-bed garden frames available for sale at our Resource Center
- Free attendance to all GardenWorks Project educational offerings

Important Notes:
- Community garden must be within DuPage County or a town directly adjacent to DuPage County.
- A portion of produce grown must be donated to a local food pantry, and the group must report the amount donated (in lbs.) to GardenWorks at the end of the season.
- Preference will be given to garden programs which prohibit non-organic chemical fertilizers.
- Participants will submit a grant report at the end of the season, and photos at the beginning, middle and end of the season.
- Participants will publicly recognize participation in the GardenWorks Community Gardening Program (e.g., press release, social media, newsletter).
- As your garden thrives, we ask that you become one of our “experts” and help provide helpful tips on best practices to future community gardeners.

Applications are due March 15, 2019 at midnight, and three applicants will be selected and informed of awards by April 1, 2019. Materials will be available within the month of May, and community gardens will be installed no later than May 31, 2019. For more information, questions, or concerns, please email

Email address *
Primary Contact Name *
Primary Contact Title *
Organization/School Name (if applicable)
Email Address *
Phone *
Garden Program Name *
Location Name *
Official name of school or facility (e.g. "Washington Elementary School," "Greenside Park")
Garden Map
Please attach a scanned map of your garden site that includes: 1) location and dimensions of gardens and/or raised beds, and 2) location of walkways, roads, buildings, garden structures, and natural features.
Location Physical Address, City, State, Zip
Mailing Address, City, State, Zip code *
Which of the following best describes your organization? *
Who does this garden primarily serve? *
Program Overview: *
Provide a concise overview of your garden program. List the goals of your program, describe who will participate, and share innovative aspects of your program. If you are proposing a new garden program, detail the planning that has been done to date toward implementing your garden. If you have an established garden program, please describe the benefits participants have derived from their experiences. If you are a new program, please describe the benefits you hope to achieve. (75 words max.)
Challenges *
Tell us about any needs or challenges faced by your community and/or students or school that make your garden program especially important. This may include, but is not limited to financial needs, safety issues, health issues, community support, or regulation hurdles. (500 words max.)
Leadership *
Please list the following for all individuals on your program's leadership team: Name, Title, Describe their experience in gardening.
Garden Description *
Briefly describe the planned design of the garden. Include the size of the garden, and include the scope of work already completed if this is an established space. (500 words max.)
How will the materials offered by the GardenWorks Community Garden Support Program benefit your garden? *
List community members, organizations, and businesses that actively support your garden program (limit 500 words). *
Sustainability *
How will you sustain your program in the future (e.g., ensure ongoing maintenance and leadership; build partnerships; find sources and/or funds for plant materials, services, tools, etc.)?
Supporting Photos *
Please attach at least 2 photos to help us better understand your program, participants, and garden site.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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