Serving Communities in South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas

Community Resources Connection (CRC), Inc. Cultivating the Community
Garden Award Application Guidance Document

Application Period – October 1 – December 15, 2022
Award Notifications will be posted on the CRC website by February 1, 2023.

Program Goals:

Community Resources Connection has collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase availability of fresh fruits and vegetables within underserved communities. This collaboration supports the Department of Agriculture’s goal to feed all Americans. This grant signup period is for South Carolina and Louisiana. In the near future, the sign-up period for Mississippi and Texas will be announced. Stay Tuned!!

Financial assistance awards will be up to $10,000.00 for the purchase of garden supplies to implement community garden plans within food insecure communities.    Eligible community groups and organizations that have mutual interest and goals to increase access to local fresh healthy foods and food choices are invited to apply for funding.

Other important goals related to the community garden project are to:

  • Build gardening skills of participants
  • Grow fresh food to donate to the community
  • Create a space for people within the community to gather
  • Provide a space for people who want to grow food.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Non-Profit with or without IRS 501 c3 status
  • Independent School Districts (Including home school groups)
  • Native American Tribal governments
  • Native American groups
  • Faith-based organizations

Program Requirements:

  • If your organization does not own the land in which the community garden will be located, you will need to submit a written statement from the landowner giving your organization permission to utilize the property for the duration of the agreement with CRC. The permission statement should include the address where the community garden will be located and the period in which your organization will have access to the garden location.
  • Conduct community workdays and plan at least one of those days as a media day to invite local television, newspaper, Granting Agency staff, students and teachers, community leaders, local businesses, etc. to participate.
  • Conduct initial public meeting to invite local stakeholders to discuss plans to establish a community garden. Local stakeholders can include, but not limited to local citizens, local government officials, special interest groups, faith-based organizations, Scout Leaders, local school representatives, etc. 
  • Form a garden team to include members of awarded organization, members of the community, Extension Service educators, master gardeners, local youth groups and any individuals interested in gardening and would like to assist with planning, laying out and establishing the community garden. (This action can be combined with the bullet above.)
  • Purchase all materials and supplies needed to establish and manage the garden and garden activities.
  • Install Project signage to include the name and logo of the awardee, grantor, CRC and other local partners who will be contributing to the success of the gardening Project.
  • Must submit a plan to show how you propose to sustain the garden for future years.
  • Work with your local University Extension Service partners to educate participants on food safety, nutrition, and preservation. Also, how to incorporate effective gardening techniques and to encourage gardening practices that protect natural resources, such as water quantity and quality, Soil Quality, and pest management.   
  • Submit Progress reports to CRC by the designated deadline dates
  • Submit one success story to CRC no later August 1st unless specific arrangements are made with CRC for an alternative submission date. The success story is to include photos and garden activities throughout the project period
Application packets are to be Fully completed and submitted by December 15th, 2022, by 11:59 pm

Application packet is to include:

  • Completed and signed CRC-USDA Grant Application Form
  • Garden supply project budget (1 year to include multiple growing seasons as applicable.)
  • 2 letters of support from community leaders and or organizations
  • Copy of lease or written statement from the owner(s) of the land giving your organization permission to use the land where the community garden will be located (not applicable if the applicant owns the land where the garden will be located)
  • Name and contact information of University Extension Service Agent or another qualifying garden educator who has agreed to assist with garden project.

There are 3 options to submit your application packets: By Mail, email and online.

Mail to:

Community Resources Connection, Inc.
USDA Community Garden Award
P.O. Box 2394
Lexington, SC 29072

By Email:

Email completed application packet to: [email protected]. Sample file naming format.  (PraiseBaptistChurch_2022) Organization name and current year

For additional questions referencing the Cultivating the Community Garden application process, please contact your CRC representative: 

Apply Online: