The Master Gardener Association of Wayne County offers aid to community gardening projects or therapeutic horticulture programs. Both MGAWC members and outside organizations are welcome to apply.
Applicants may apply for more than one grant over the course of a project. In some cases, grants will be paid out in phases of project completion. We recommend requesting a grant early so that it may be available in time for the start of your gardening project.
You are welcome to apply for the current fiscal year. MGAWC volunteer-driven fundraisers determine the budget for grants.
The following grant requirements are required to all grant applications submitted:
The grant must pertain to a site in Wayne County (some exceptions allowed).
There must be a contact person that can be called for verification of the grant request.
The applicant must agree to appear at two Master Gardener monthly meetings; one to receive their check and the other to present the completed project.
A write up (2-3 paragraphs) and photos (separate from the report) need to be provided to demonstrate how the grant was used. This information will be shared on this website.
The presentation and reporting of the project must be done within one year of the grant being paid out. If this does not occur, eligibility is removed for future grant applications.
If grant money cannot or is not used for the specific project, it must be returned to MGAWC. This will not affect your eligibility in future years. An application form is available here. You'll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is. Grants applications must be signed and mailed in to the address provided on the form. Electronic applications will not be accepted.
Please use this form to apply for a grant. Email the completed form to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please also snail mail the completed form to: MGAWC, 36135 Traditions Drive, Westland, MI 48185.
sampling of awarded grants
2018-2019 Fiscal Year -- Begins October 1, 2018
2017-2018 Fiscal Year -- 2017-2018 Budgeted Funds Have Been Awarded
Support for Environmental Studies at The University of Michigan-Dearborn
Funding for Southwestern Outer Drive Neighborhood Association (SODA) volunteers, http://www.sodadearborn.com/, for garden planters at both Penn-Vassar and Whitmore Bolles Public Parks in Dearborn, http://www.cityofdearborn.org/community/recreation-parks/parks/neighborhood-parks; article in the Dearborn Press & Guide at http://www.pressandguide.com/news/soda-wins-grant-for-garden-planters-at-neighborhood-parks-in/article_d35697bb-53c8-561b-9a6f-6c5ef579843e.html
Support for Department of Natural Resources non-game wildlife education
Funding for installation and maintenance of a rain garden with native plants and educational programming with students and teachers at Detroit Public Schools
Financial assistance for Original Creativity's establishment of a community green space for youth, aging residents and newcomers in the NW Goldberg neighborhood in Detroit, https://www.originalcreativity.com/
Sponsorship of MSU Extension's Master Gardener College
Support for permanent outdoor educational signs identify native plants as host, nectar or berry-producing in the 3Bs Native Plant Garden for Birds, Butterflies and Bees in Westland
Tools for Student Projects in Environmental Studies at The University of Michigan-Dearborn
General Support of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
Burnside Farm Market/Medicine Garden, Detroit, http://www.burnsidefarmdetroit.com/ and http://www.coolhunting.com/food-drink/burnside-farm-detroit
Environmental Interpretive Center Student Interpreters, University of Michigan-Dearborn, https://umdearborn.edu/eic/
Henry Ford Birthplace Park, Dearborn, MI, for perennials to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators, http://www.michmarkers.com/startup.asp?startpage=S0236.htm
Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn, MI, for landscape restoration along the historic Riverwalk including native shrubs and wildflowers, http://www.henryfordestate.org/
Michigan DNR Non-Game Wildlife Fund, http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_12141_12169-30544--,00.html
Tollgate Farm, Novi, http://tollgate.msu.edu/gardens
Michigan Bluebird Society, http://michiganbluebirds.org/
Strawberry plants for the growing garden used for education and fund-raising at the Michael Craig Gardens, Charles Drew Special Needs School, Detroit, MI, http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2014/11/23/drew-farm-feeds-students-community/19426009/
Environmental Interpretive Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Fruit trees for Tollgate Gardens (Michigan State University), Novi, MI
Garden gate and plants at Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn, MI
Informational pages for website supporting The A to Z Garden, http://www.gardenatoz.com/what's-up!/
Materials for the Children's Educational Program: Rain Garden and Mushroom Garden (University of Michigan), Dearborn, MI.
Contribution to the Harper Collection of Rare an Dwarf Conifers at the Hidden Lakes Gardens; Tipton, MI, http://hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu/garden_highlights/the_harper_collection_of_dwarf_rare_conifers
Development of the Healing Garden at the Gilead Hospice Home, Detroit, MI
Development of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden, Vernor Elementary School, Detroit, MI, http://detroitk12.org/schools/vernor/
Contribution to the Michigan 4-H Foundation's Children's Garden, Wayne County, MI
Preservation of Miller Woods, Plymouth, MI, http://www.millerwoods.com/
Hidden Lake Gardens Demonstration Garden, Tipton, MI