Grants available for community gardens, school gardens, urban farms

gloved hand weeding garden
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

The Urban Farms and Community Gardens Competitive Grant Program has a total of $1 million available for grants through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The grants are to support the development and expansion of community gardens, school gardens and urban farms.

The state will cover up to 90 percent of the total project costs, with the total state contribution not to exceed $50,000. The minimum grant amount is $20,000.

An informational webinar about the program was held on Oct. 25; a recording of the meeting is available here.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit

Use the NYS Contract Reporter to view the full Request for Proposal. Submit questions to Questions must be submitted by Nov. 13 and all answers will be updated periodically and posted through the NYS Contract Reporter.

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