The mission of the Grants Committee is to bring the beauty of the natural world into the lives of children and adults in all five boroughs of New York City and to sponsor educational programs that help citizens:

  • develop appreciation and knowledge of nature
  • learn gardening skills
  • support the preservation and improvement of the city’s environment.

Funds are distributed (in modest amounts) to a variety of non-profit groups chosen by the committee from the year’s pool of grant applications.  The committee’s goals include:

  • preserving and/or upgrading community gardens and public spaces, both old and new
  • supporting viable start-up projects that offer interactive learning opportunities
  • educating community members in developing gardening skills and supplying them with plants   and garden-related materials.

(CGC grant money is not to be used for salaries.)

2016 Grants Awarded:

  Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn
     Discovery Programs for schoolchildren and families
  Friends of Carroll Park, Brooklyn
     Supplies for hand painting of new trash containers
  Fund for PS 84, (W. 92nd Street)
     Expansion of Urban Roots Garden
  Green Guerillas
     Youth Gardening Projects in Brooklyn, Harlem or South Bronx
  Grow NYC
     Grow Truck at Governors Island Teaching Garden
  Horticultural Society of New York
     Planting the Playground Part II at PS 171 (E. 103rd St.)
  iDig2Learn, Roosevelt Island
     Urban Food Forest (community fruits & vegetables)
  Lantern Community Services, Brooklyn
     Vegetable garden behind the Hunterfly Trace building for formally homeless residents
  Merchant’s House Museum
     Restoration of 1850s  garden (E. 4th St.)
  Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
     Heritage Garden planter beds (E. 61st St.)
  PS 235 Magical Community Garden, Brooklyn
     Supplies for the Butterfly Garden
  Queens Botanical Garden
     Plants for a mixed border of roses, annuals and perennials
  Snug Harbor, Staten Island
     Purchasing Japanese and Chinese tree peonies
  Stuyvesant Cove Park, Manhattan
     Native plants and stepping stones
  Warren St. Marks Community Garden, Brooklyn
     Garden renewal
  Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, Bronx
     Gardening tools for Urban Ecology Teen interns
  West Side Community Garden (W. 89th St.)
     Annual plants and projects



A monarch butterfly ready to be tagged at PC 235's butterfly garden

A monarch butterfly ready to be tagged
at PC 235’s butterfly garden


Guidelines for CGC Grant Applications

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