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Funds available for schools and community gardens

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Purpose

In support of AtlantiCare’s vision to build healthy communities, the AtlantiCare Foundation provides funds through its Healthy Garden Network grant program to create and sustain community and school gardens. These gardens improve the nutrition practices of youth and adults through the growth of healthy, sustainable foods complemented by nutrition education and programming. In addition, the gardens beautify open spaces and promote collaboration and empowerment among residents and community groups.

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Eligibility

Schools

Schools participating in AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program are eligible to apply for start-up and sustainability garden grants. To join the Healthy Schools initiative, please contact Samantha Kiley-Ficcaglia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">

. The school is responsible for ownership and maintenance of the garden. AtlantiCare will provide funds, educational support and programs, and marketing/branding.

Garden Maintenance Grants:

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in AtlantiCare’s primary service area (Atlantic, Cape May, and southern Ocean counties) is eligible to apply for a garden maintenance grant. Maintenance grants are offered to organizations with an existing garden that are in need of equipment and supplies to expand and/or sustain their garden. The grantee is responsible for ownership and maintenance of the garden. AtlantiCare will provide funds, educational support and programs (as needed and as resources are available) and garden signage.

Garden Partnership Grants:

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlantic City or Hammonton* is eligible to apply for a garden partnership grant. The grantee is responsible for ownership and maintenance of the garden. AtlantiCare will provide funds, educational support and programs, and marketing/branding. Garden partnership grants include start-up funds for year one, and sustainability funds for years two and three based on achievement of project goals.

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Funds Available

Schools

  • Start-up grants of $1,500 and sustainability grants of up to $500 are available on an annual basis.

Community Organizations

  • Garden Maintenance Grants: 
  • Garden maintenance grants of up to $500 are available on a rolling basis.
  • Garden Partnership Grants:
  • Three year garden partnership grants of up to $5,000 are available on a rolling basis. Limited funding may be available for larger community garden initiatives that advance AtlantiCare’s vision and strategy. These funds are subject to AtlantiCare senior leadership and Foundation Board approval. Interested parties should reach out to
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    to discuss.

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How to Apply

Schools

Community Organizations

  • Healthy Garden Network community grant applications (both maintenance and garden partnership) are accepted on a rolling basis. Please allow 60 days for review of your application. Please e-mail Elizabeth Motts (
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    ) to request an application.

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Grant Requirements

If funded, AtlantiCare requires the following of both school and community garden grantees:

  • Ownership and maintenance of garden is responsibility of grantee.
  • Funding is contingent upon signature of Memorandum of Understanding between AtlantiCare and grantee.
  • AtlantiCare has full cooperation and access to present wellness/nutrition programming.
  • AtlantiCare will provide garden signage and develop branding as part of AtlantiCare Healthy Garden Network.
  • Grantee will designate one representative to attend Garden Network best practice sharing meetings and training sessions.
  • Biannual reporting to be submitted by grantee will include:
  • Number of participants
  • Submission of at least 10 photos of participants engaged in gardening
  • Synopsis of progress to date
  • Discussion of any barriers/issues encountered
  • Description of any additional activities/programs related to the garden
  • Year-end report to include description of a sustainability plan
  • Completion of health behavior/quality of life survey by participants which will measure increased access to healthy foods, improved understanding of healthy nutrition practices, and incorporation of foods/practices into diet/lifestyle.Contact

For more information, please contact

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*In response to community health data, our garden partnership grants are currently focused on the towns of greatest need within our service area which are Atlantic City and Hammonton.

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