The Garden Grant: grow something beautiful.
Welcome to the second application cycle of The Garden Grant. Inaugural cycle winners are announced at

The Garden Grant is awarded to independent creators who commit to making something beautiful, defined as you wish. The Garden Grant is meant to encourage individuals with beautiful ideas, so you do NOT have to be a 501(c)(3) entity to apply.

At this time, we are prioritizing diverse applicants, so creatives who are from LGBTQIA and communities of color are encouraged to apply. Bonus points if you live in the Southeast.


1. Who is behind this?
Maacah Davis ( You know her as the publisher of belladonna magazine (, the first Black woman-owned print fashion magazine in US markets in years; and the host of MaacahEats, a pre-covid dinner party series that brought people together and challenged chefs to play. She is really passionate about putting diverse creators in the driver's seat.

**Note: Winners are selected by an anonymous five-member review board who are a cross-section of creative disciplines.

2. What's the catch?
If successfully funded, we want to see what you've made. That's all. We claim no ownership over your project, and you do not have to pay this back--it is neither a loan, nor an investment.

3. What kind of projects is The Garden Grant looking to support?
Expressions of joy. Compelling distractions from current global chaos. Whether that's through writing, art, videos, food sculpting, or whatever else--you are free to define that as creatively as you wish.
Unfortunately, we cannot currently fund projects that need more support than the grant's listed capacity. If your project needs more than the amount of funding than we are offering, this is not the grant for you.

4. Can I use this grant to expand on one of my existing projects?
Yes, simply show us how this will help you grow your idea.

5. I just want to pay my bills. Can I apply?
As much as we would love to be able to write the kinds of blank checks that make life easier for everyone, this program is not [currently] sponsored by Oprah. So, we ask that you please only apply for a Garden Grant if you have a tangible project in mind.

This program is inspired by Helium Grants by Nadia Eghbal. The Garden Grant appreciates Nadia's decision to share her research, process, and results regarding building successful microgrant programs for individuals.
Name *
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Location: City, State, Country *
Age *
Share a little about yourself *
What's something you've done that you're most proud of? *
What would you like to create? *
How would the Garden Grant help you with that? *
Are you a full-time creative? If so, for how long? *Note: your status does not affect eligibility--we're just curious! *
Have you been able to continue working in your discipline during this time?
Are there any links or videos that tell us something more you want us to know about you or your project?
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