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
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.
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: TGCsmallgrants@tacomagardenclub.org (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)
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
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 www.albersvistagardens.org/
Chinese Reconciliation Park https://www.tacomachinesepark.org/
Elandan Gardens www.elandangardens.com
Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation www.lakewildernessarboretum.org
Lakewold Gardens www.lakewoldgardens.org
Pacific Bonsai Museum www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org
Point Defiance Gardens https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/point-defiance-park-gardens/
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden www.rhodygarden.org
Seymour Botanical Conservatory Foundation www.metroparkstacoma.org/conservatory
Soos Creek Botanical Garden www.sooscreekbotanicalgarden.org
Tacoma Nature Center www.metroparksfoundation.org/tacomanaturecenter
Local Community Resources
Citizens for a Healthy Bay – www.healthybay.org
Great Plant Picks - www.greatplantpicks.org
Greater MetroParks Foundation - https://www.metroparksfoundation.org/
Heronswood Garden – www.heronswoodgarden.org
Native Plant Salvage Foundation – https://nativeplantsalvage.org
North Olympic Land Trust – www.northolympiclandtrust.org
Northwest Perennial Alliance – www.northwestperennialalliance.org
Pierce Conservation District - https://piercecd.org/
Pierce County Master Gardeners - https://extension.wsu.edu/pierce/mg/
Plant Amnesty – www.plantamnesty.org
Puyallup Watershed Initiative – www.pwi.org
Tahoma Audubon Society – www.tahomaaudubon.org
The Center for Urban Waters - https://www.urbanwaters.org
The Tacoma Tree Foundation – www.tacomatreefoundation.org
The Right Plants – Tacoma Public Utilities - https://www.mytpu.org/wp-content/uploads/planning-planting-june.pdf
Washington Environmental Council - https://pspwa.app.box.com/s/5auauv2pebe0f9lrw2vfvfsjmyhpjgo5
Washington Native Plant Society – https://www.wnps.org