Community Gardening Grants
The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) has entered into agreement with the US Department of agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for furthering the production of fruits and vegetables as an important source of fresh food and nutrition to communities lacking access to locally grown produce. This agreement supports USDA’s renewed interest in community gardening.
One of the objectives is to make available four (4) grants for the establishment of community gardens in low-access, rural communities. Community Gardening Grants of $3,000.00 are available to communities (4) who, in partnership with SCACED and USDA, increase awareness of community gardening by:
- Establishing community garden in low-access, rural community
- Encouraging intergenerational experiences in agriculture and conservation
- Building new and/or strengthening existing partnerships for outreach to new markets
- Promoting the wise use of natural and human resources, thereby improving economic opportunities and general well-being of peoples in South Carolina
Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must recruit Local Community Garden Advocates who are interested in leading a community garden effort in the area.
- Recruit no less than three (3) Resource Partners who are willing to assist Community Garden Advocates with planning and development of their community garden (e.g. Grow Food Carolina, United Methodist Churches, SC Food Policy Council, Clemson’s 4-H Councils, and Master Gardeners).
- Participate in follow up activity with SCACED including conference calls, face-to-face meetings and regional convening to assist community garden advocates with the planning and sustained development of community gardens in the area.
- Incorporate sustainable practices and encourage gardening practices that nurture, maintain, and protect the environment such as capturing rainwater in rain barrels; composting and mulching; and/or encourage beneficial insects that feed on destructive pests.
- Collaborate with SCACED, Local Community Garden Advocates, and Resource Partners to ensure community garden success.