Therapeutic Garden Grants

National Garden Bureau

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

Anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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Garden Grant

National Garden Bureau launched a philanthropic program in 2014 that supports the building and growth of therapeutic gardens across North America. This program furthers NGB’s mission of promoting gardening to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

“Caring for plants and experiencing nature brings healing and purpose to people whose lives have been affected by illness, addiction, violence or military service,” comments Heather Kibble, NGB Past-President. “National Garden Bureau, in partnership with local therapeutic organizations, strives to make gardening accessible to everyone, no matter their situation, history or abilities. Our garden grant program impacts individual lives using garden-based education and therapy.”

Grants made possible by National Garden Bureau and our members, American Meadows, Corona Tools and Sakata Seed America. National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens. Sakata Seed America is a leader in breeding vegetable and ornamental seed and vegetative cuttings. They are committed to supporting organizations throughout North America to help people live productive, healthy and enriched lives. American Meadows says “We Do Good Through Gardening.” Their primary focus is to be great at providing home gardeners with the products and knowledge they need to succeed. They seek to be a trusted gardening partner for creative gardeners —those who are willing to combine new ideas and products with classic favorites. Founded in the 1920s, Corona, Inc. is a leader in the marketing and manufacturing of professional and consumer tools for the lawn and garden, landscape, irrigation, construction and agriculture markets.

Program Criteria

Each year, the National Garden Bureau selects three established (meaning at least one year of programming experience) therapeutic gardens to be the recipients of a grant that will help expand or perpetuate that 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. Those three gardens will also receive a set of Corona Tools.


$5,000 is available and will be divided among the gardens chosen, with graduated amounts going to the first, second and third place contestants.

  • First place award: $3,000
  • Second place award: $1,000
  • Third place award: $1,000

The grants are co-funded by National Garden Bureau, Sakata Seed America and American Meadows.

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


  • Gardens chosen must meet these criteria for therapeutic goals/qualities:
    • Have a defined therapeutic program, with a Registered Horticulture Therapist on-staff or serving as an advisor, that uses the garden to achieve outlined goals for participants.
      • 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 gardening experience where there is a significant people and plant interaction for the population served
    • Be used for job-training, skill-building, food growing, socialization skills, improved quality of life, stress reduction, environmental education or any other possibility that can be gained by working in nature.
    • Involve a significant number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis.
  • 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 document that they have had a therapeutic garden program completed for at least one year at the time of application with at least a five-year commitment for the garden to remain on that property.