The City of Irving recognizes community gardening as a valuable recreational activity that contributes to the health and well-being of the wider community and provides a wide range of environmental, social and educational benefits. The Community Gardens Grant Program provides an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations and neighborhood associations to apply for grant funding to establish a community garden program.
The City of Irving is offering informational meetings to help learn about the program.
i. The City of Irving offers grant funding in the amounts not to exceed $5,000 to help established or newly organizing community gardens. For more information, see City of Irving Community Gardens Grant Program Guidelines. Only one application per organization will be accepted.
i. The annual budget for the Community Gardens Grant Program will not exceed $10,000.
ii. Submissions to Irving's Community Garden Grant Program will be accepted Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee consisting of Irving residents from the Green Advisory Board and city staff. Grant recipients will be notified by the first of January.
iii. Costs associated with construction and/or installation of water meters, water lines and providing of water by the city are not eligible for grant funding.
The City of Irving is committed to the triple bottom line that is our financial, social and environmental responsibility to our citizens and to accomplishing goals that ensure a greater future for Irving and its residents.
i. Applicant must be a not-for-profit organization and may be an Irving church, school, neighborhood or homeowner’s association, hospital or other non-profit organization. Priority will be given to projects serving areas without close access to fresh foods and those educating participants about nutrition to families with limited resources.
ii. Eligible expenses include garden beds/containers, supplies (wood, rock), walkways, benches, hand tools, bedding materials (soil and mulch), planting materials, organic garden supplies, small gas or electric powered garden tools and irrigation system supplies such as rainwater harvesting equipment, drip and/or soaker hoses.
iii. Ineligible projects include water service, installation of water meter and water lines, tree removal, play equipment, overhead costs (office supplies, phone bills, etc.), food, gift cards, decorative fountains, decorative structures, and larger equipment such as riding lawn mowers.
iv. Priority will be given to projects serving areas without access to fresh foods within the surrounding neighborhood and those educating participants about nutrition to families with limited resources.
i. Grant funding will not exceed $5,000 per application per year. Only one application per organization will be accepted per yearly grant cycle.
ii. Projects must be located in the City of Irving and meet all applicable city ordinances and permit requirements. For more information, visit cityofirving.org.
iii. Award must be matched by volunteer efforts, in-kind, and/or cash donations.
iv. Twenty-five percent of the harvest must be donated to a local food bank.
v. Seventy-five percent of the community garden must be vegetables, fruits or herbs.
vi. In support of organic gardening techniques, funding cannot be used to purchase synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
vii. Community gardens must adhere to water restrictions per city ordinance.
viii. Grant recipients shall install and use water conservation irrigation techniques such as drip, soaker, and/or rainwater harvesting.
ix. Gardens shall be located in areas that receive adequate sunlight for the intended purpose without the removal or excessive trimming of trees.
x. Grant recipients shall continuously and diligently monitor the community gardens on the participant's property and shall not allow the accumulation of any trash or debris on the property.
xi. No illegal plants/substances shall be grown.
xii. It is recommended that no invasive species plants be grown.
xiii. Community education and awareness about environmental and healthy eating issues including, but not limited to water conservation, composting, food production and healthy eating is highly recommended.
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i. Applications will be accepted Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.
ii. Deadline to submit an application will be Nov. 30. Applications received after this date will not be eligible.
iii. All projects should have organizational support. Application needs to have signature of the head of the organization.
iv. Elect one contact person and alternate to represent the applicant. This representative/s will be responsible for all communications in regard to the grant and will be the only member from the applying group eligible to request reimbursements.
v. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. A confirmation letter will be sent to the lead contact stating the status of your application.
vi. Upon receipt of an award letter, grant recipient must sign and return the "Letter of Intent: to Fran Witte, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator for City of Irving," at the address provided. Grant funds will be made available after the Letter of Intent is received by the City of Irving.
vii. The City of Irving is available to answer any questions.
E. Project Scoring
i. The Applicant must demonstrate that the group has the capacity to carry out the project long-term and that the project will be sustainable – adequate volunteers, ongoing funding support, qualified leadership, proven track record.
ii. The Applicant has provided evidence that justifies why the project is needed, and how the target audience will benefit.
iii. The objectives are clearly defined and are in keeping with community priorities of health, environment, community building, neighborhood improvement, etc.
iv. The budget is accurate and clearly delineates all allowable expenses to be funded by the grant.
F. Funding and Reporting
i. The City of Irving reserves the right to fund all or a portion of any community garden project application, which qualifies and is selected to receive funding as part of the Community Gardens Grant Program.
ii. All projects using funds received from Irving's Community Garden Grant Program shall be completed by Aug. 1 of the funded year.
iii. All reimbursement requests must be received by Aug. 31 of the funded year.
iv. Reimbursements will not be rendered to support projects that are not stated in the award letter. Any significant changes in Community Gardens Grant projects or budget must be submitted and approved by the Office of Environmental Stewardship.
v. All payments will be rendered as reimbursements to the organization. Original receipts must be submitted.
vi. Checks will be payable to the submitting organization.
vii. All expenditures are subject to inspections by the City of Irving.
viii. The final grant report is due no later than 60 days after project completion.
G. Obtaining an Application
i. Grant applications will be available Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.
ii. Applications will be accessible online; obtained from the Office of Environmental Stewardship, Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.; or by calling (972) 721-2355.
iii. Application deadline is Nov. 30. Applications received after this date will not be eligible.
iv. After completing the application please return application to the following:
By mail or in person to:
Fran Witte, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator
c/o City of Irving
825 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75060
v. If you have any questions regarding the grant application, please contact Fran Witte, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator at: (972) 721-2355 or by email at email@example.com.