Community Gardens Funding Program

Looking to start up a new community garden or grow an existing one? The City of St. Catharines is offering funding to help community gardens take root.

Program Overview

The Community Gardens Funding Program provides matching funds for the capital costs of community gardens in St. Catharines.

Applications are due on or before Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 4 p.m. Approved projects must be completed by October 31, 2020, however preference may be given to projects that can be completed earlier.

Who Can Apply

Incorporated charities and not-for-profit groups looking to build or expand a community garden can apply for matching funds from the City to cover up to half of eligible start-up costs, including lumber, soil, seeds, rain barrels and other materials and equipment.

The City will not issue a cheque in the name of an individual; instead cheques will be made out to a recognized or accountable group, such as incorporated charities and not-for-profit corporations.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Capacity to support long term maintenance/operation
  2. Demonstrated ability of the group to complete similar projects
  3. Confirmation of matching funds
  4. Project reach/audience, including at-risk populations
  5. Project supports engagement or is going to be completed through collaboration or partnerships with other organizations, groups, or the public
  6. Ability to leverage other funds

Application Submission

Use this online form to submit your application by Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 4 p.m. 

If you require assistance completing the online application form, would like to apply in an alternative format or are interested in more information, please contact the Ilyse Norton, Development Horticultural Technician, by email at or phone 905.688.5600 ext. 3140.