City of St. Catharines Making Funding Available For Community Gardens

Applications for funding are due Wednesday, March 8th at 4 p.m.

News from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Posted February 12th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Looking to start up a new community garden or grow an existing one?

The City of St. Catharines is offering funding to help community gardens take root.

The community gardens at Centennial Park in St. Catharines. Photo courtesy of City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Incorporated charities and not-for-profit groups looking to build or expand a community garden can apply for matching funds from the City to cover up to half of eligible start-up costs, including lumber, soil, seeds, rain barrels and other materials and equipment.

The City supports and encourages community gardens for the purposes of growing produce for personal consumption or donation. Community gardens in St. Catharines bring people together and offer residents opportunities to grow garden fresh produce and positive relationships. Community gardens also contribute to the biodiversity of species and support the growth of pollinators.

“We want to partner with community groups who are working to establish community gardens and provide more opportunities for our residents to come together,” said Ilyse Norton, development horticultural technician. “These gardens not only improve access to healthy food options for residents, it helps them to grow deeper roots in the community as well.”

By developing partnerships to expand the community gardens network across St. Catharines, the City continues its momentum in achieving environmental sustainability and social sustainability goals outlined in its strategic plan.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 8 at 4 p.m. Approved projects must be completed by Oct. 31. Learn more about the program and how to apply at www.stcatharines.ca/Gardening.

Please note – you are welcome to use the attached image of The community gardens at Centennial Park in St. Catharines. Photo courtesy of City of St. Catharines

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