Our Fall 2023 grant cycle is now closed.
Please check back in January for our Spring grant cycle.
Each Spring and Fall, Unity Gardens awards grants to local communities to support planting initiatives that use the power of native plants to address issues like stormwater runoff, pollution and habitat loss.
Unity Gardens funds groups such as homeowners associations, faith-based organizations, schools and scout groups, garden clubs, and other qualified nonprofits. The deadline to apply for Fall Grants is August 1. Spring Grants are due March 1.
We’re are also happy to talk to you about your potential project before you submit an application. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to review your project plans with us.
To apply, all groups must submit the following: 1) Project Description, 2) Photos of the Site, 3) Sketch of the Proposed Garden, 4) Maintenance Plan, 5) Letter of Support from the Property Owner, and a 6) Proposed Budget (save in Excel or Google Sheets).
How to Apply for a Grant
Click here to apply online! Before you apply, please review the grant eligibility and grant guidelines below. You will also find links to paper forms that you can download and email to us, in addition to a sample budget worksheet to submit.
If you have questions, you can email us at email@example.com.
- Fall 2023 Grant Eligibility Requirements & Guidelines
- Fall 2023 Unity Gardens Grant Application (pdf)
- Fall 2023 Unity Gardens Grant Application (Google doc)
- Unity Gardens Grant Application Budget Worksheet
Helpful Tips: Writing a Successful Application
Your chance of receiving a grant decreases if you are missing attachments or we have to contact you for questions or clarification. Below, we’ve included parts of GREAT past applications you can use as guides:
- Project Description
- Photos of Site
- Maintenance Plan
- Planting Plan Hand-drawn
- Planting Plan – Computer generated
- Sample Project Budget – Simple
- Sample Project Budget with Shared Funding
Helpful Tips: Budget Form & Funding Tips
Helpful Tips: Native Plants, Design Tool, Project How-To’s
- **NEW** Native Shrub Planting Guide
- How to Choose & Find Native Plants
- Local Native Plant Nurseries
- Online Yard Design Tool
- Project How-To’s: Instructions on 100+ projects for everyone!
- Helpful Tips: Grant projects can receive discounted pricing through our partners at Patuxent Nursery and Babikow Just ask!
Other Helpful Resources
- Unity Gardens Grantee Projects: Photos, Maps & More!
- Online Resources for Native Plants, Landscaping for Wildlife, Project How-To’s & More
- Many of the above tips can be found in: Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. You can also request a free print copy by mail at: R8schoolyardhabitat@fws.gov.
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Are you already a Unity Gardens grant recipient? Visit our Grantee Resource Page