Community Grants Program

Each year the Tacoma Garden Club selects one or more community organizations to receive small grants based on submitted applications.


  • To stimulate a love of gardening
  • To protect the quality of the environment
  • To encourage civic improvement
  • To support charitable, scientific, and educational activities in each of the above categories
Kapowsin Elementary School Garden-XL

Grants Awarded in 2020

The Tacoma Garden Club presented six organizations with Community Grants in 2020.

Steilacoom Historical Museum Association (SMHA)

The grant will go towards professional fees and travel costs with hiring an expert from the Temperate Orchard Conservancy. The orchard pomologist will make three trips to observe trees under different conditions and identify SHMA’s rare and notable specimens. They will also assist SHMA volunteers in cataloging and mapping the orchard.

Salishan Association

They plan to replace broken, rotting and vandalized fencing panels as well as install posts with solar lighting in the garden. The goal is to discourage vandalism of the garden and improve visibility for fall harvesting and winter crop gardening.

Lakewold Gardens

As part of a larger plan to transition to "greener" and more sustainable practices in maintaining Lakewold Gardens, they are moving to electric power tools whenever possible. They plan to purchase an electric chainsaw with this grant money.

Food is Free Project

As the Erichsen Central Urban Farm, Food is Free wants to install a 100’x100' garden in central Tacoma across from DeLong Elementary. Specific items funded by grant: row cover fabric and wire support hoops.

Emergency Food Network
Mother Earth Farm Project

Specific items funded by grant: shade cloth for one of Mother Earth Farm’s high tunnel greenhouses to help regulate the temperature inside.

Cousin Cooperative Pollinators and Propagators

This is a homeschooling group formed from extended families to combat the social, developmental, and educational threats posed toward children by COVID-19. The children aredoing an experiential transdisciplinary science and math project in which they sheet mulch, compost, create a wildflower pollinator garden, a vegetable garden, and an herb garden.


The qualifying application must meet the following criteria:

  • Grant requests should relate to the above mission statement
  • Grant requests need to be for a specific project (see sidebar for examples)
  • Proposed projects must be within the boundary of Pierce County
  • Monies requested must be used by June 15 following their receipt
  • Maximum grant amount is $500
  • Priority for funding will be given to projects that did not receive a grant during the last two years.
  • Eligible Applicants are an organization or entity including those such as nonprofits as defined by the state of Washington*, government agencies, private or public schools, hospitals, retirement centers, rehabilitation facilities and youth programs.

*A non-profit as defined by the Washington State Department of Revenue:

  • It is formed under the Washington nonprofit corporation act,
  • It qualifies as a nonprofit for federal tax purposes, or
  • It is a church, charity, or benevolent organization
  • Grants are not available to individuals, homeowners, homeowner associations or political organizations.
  • Greatest consideration is given to those applicants with the ability for large community impact or out-reach.

If you feel you are qualified organization, we invite you to apply for one of our available grants. Past grants have helped purchase items such as fencing for community gardens, rain barrels, drip systems, brochures, garden tools, and educational activities.


July 1 Applications accepted
September 30 Application deadline (must be received by 5 pm)
Oct. 8 to Oct. 30 On-site visits to applicants by committee members
November 1 Committee reviews all applications
November 24 Notification letters and checks sent to grantees
May 15 Recipients will send photos of projects to email listed in Contact section


Click the link to view the: Grants Application form.
Follow the instructions in the red box at the top of the form.

You may also mail your completed application to:

Community Grants Program Chair
Tacoma Garden Club
PO Box 64235
University Place WA 98464-0235

We are available to help you with questions concerning this application.
Email your questions to: (click on email address) Please include a contact name and phone number.

2019 - 2020 Recipients

Children’s Museum of Tacoma
The Children’s Outdoor Area

Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy (Ashford)
Commercial grade dehydrator to preserve foods grown in the garden

Delong Elementary PTA
Nutrition and science gardening lessons to carry learning from their garden into the classroom

Food is Free Project (Tacoma)
Building materials for 10 tables; share excess produce from neighborhood garden

Habitat for Humanity Tacoma ⁄ Pierce County
Building materials for two community garden beds in Midland

Healthy Generations Gardens (Salishan)
Multilingual signs

Kapowsin PTA (Graham)
Soaker drip line for Giving Garden

Orting Community Garden
United Methodist Church
Pruners, watering cans, hog wire

Point Defiance Elementary School Garden
Tomato cages, garden gloves, weeding tools, potting soil, seeds

Soundview Camp & Retreat Center (Longbranch)
Drip irrigation system


TCG Contributions

The Tacoma Garden Club annually donates to various like-minded 501(c)3 organizations.

South Sound Public Gardens

Noteworthy gardens to visit in the South Puget Sound region.
Click on the name to visit their website.


Albers Marcovina Vista Gardens

Chinese Reconciliation Park

Elandan Gardens

Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation

Lakewold Gardens

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Point Defiance Gardens


Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Seymour Botanical Conservatory Foundation

Soos Creek Botanical Garden

Tacoma Nature Center


Local Community Resources

Citizens for a Healthy Bay –

Great Plant Picks -

Greater MetroParks Foundation -

Heronswood Garden –

Native Plant Salvage Foundation –

North Olympic Land Trust –

Northwest Perennial Alliance –

Pierce Conservation District -

Pierce County Master Gardeners -

Plant Amnesty –

Puyallup Watershed Initiative –

Tahoma Audubon Society –

The Center for Urban Waters -

The Tacoma Tree Foundation –

The Right Plants – Tacoma Public Utilities -

Washington Environmental Council -

Washington Native Plant Society –

PO Box 64235
University Place, WA 98464-0235