Therapeutic Garden Grants

National Garden Bureau

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $3,000

Deadline: Jul 1, 2019

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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The National Garden Bureau is a non-profit organization in the horticulture industry with main offices in Downers Grove, Ill. Its mission is to raise awareness, provide education and increase the use of flowers and plants among gardeners and non-gardeners. 

According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, horticultural therapy (HT) is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the "Father of American Psychiatry," was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.

HT techniques are employed to assist participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. A therapeutic garden is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. There are many sub-types of therapeutic gardens including healing gardens, enabling gardens, rehabilitation gardens, and restorative gardens.

This grant supports therapeutic gardening efforts In Northern America. We encourage any and all groups who have a therapeutic gardening program to participate for the chance to win money to support their worthwhile projects.

Each year, National Garden Bureau selects three therapeutic gardens as recipients of a grant that will help build or perpetuate a therapeutic garden. Those gardens will then compete via social media, for a first, second and third place prize of a financial contribution to their garden.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Schools, non-profits, hospitals, retirement centers, rehabilitation facilities, veteran’s facilities, community centers, day camps, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States and Canada are eligible.
  • Applicants must have the plot of land in their possession at the time of application with at least a five-year commitment for a garden to be on that property.
  • Gardens chosen must meet these criteria for therapeutic goals/qualities:
    • Have a defined program using the garden to further explicit goals for participants led by a qualified leader.
      • Examples include horticultural therapy, occupational, physical, vocational or rehabilitation therapy in a garden setting or using gardening to promote positive social relationships within a community.
    • Offer a nature experience/interface for population served, including, but not limited to veterans, special-needs children or young adults, the elderly and/or those recuperating from specific injuries or addictions.
    • Be used for job-training, skill-building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly.
    • Involve a large number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis.