USDA People’s Garden Partners with NFWF

Deadline: January 31, 2024

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program is now accepting People’s Garden grant proposals until January 31, 2024. The opportunity is open for the U.S. Census metropolitan statistical areas (state maps available here) of the following cities:

  • Boston, MA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Denver, CO
  • Houston, TX
  • Jackson, MS
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Memphis, TN
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Approximately $500,000 ($50,000/city) is available from the USDA People’s Garden Initiative to fund projects that will support community-based projects that promote sustainable agriculture practices that benefit people and wildlife. Priority will be given to projects that incorporate urban and community agriculture and natural resource practices to support local, resilient food systems; pollinator and migratory bird habitat; or green infrastructure that benefits watersheds. Successful projects will incorporate an educational component, including but not limited to, community workshops, job training programs, web-based or other external content.

The People’s Garden connects gardens across the country that produce local food, practice sustainability, and bring people together in their community. Gardens of different sizes and types, including school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas, can be recognized as a “People’s Garden” if they:

  • Join the People’s Garden community by registering a garden at
  • Grow the garden using sustainable practices that benefit people and wildlife.
  • Teach about gardening and resilient, local food systems.

Funding for the NFWF opportunity is limited to the locations identified in the Request for Proposals, however, gardens in rural and urban areas that meet the People’s Garden criteria of Join, Grow, and Teach are welcome to voluntarily register their garden for free and join the larger network.