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Urban Agriculture Resilience Program


United States Botanic Garden and American Public Gardens Association

Urban Agriculture Resilience Program


The United States Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association are partnering to support public gardens and their partners in facilitating collaborative urban agriculture, community gardening, and other food-growing programs. For 2021, the Urban Agriculture Resilience Program seeks to promote public garden participation in community collaborations that address food security challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and that combine food growing and education. Additionally, awarded programs will share lessons learned through their programmatic collaboration.

Is your garden or organization already involved or interested in:

  • An urban agriculture collaboration between a public garden and a partner organization(s)? Partners may include nonprofit organizations, local government entities (e.g., parks and recreation departments, housing authorities), small businesses, other public gardens, educational institutions, or other qualified organizations.

  • Combining urban food growing and educational programming?

  • Facilitating public engagement in urban food growing?

  • Addressing community food security challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Building capacity in urban agriculture within and beyond the public gardens community?


If so, please consider applying for an Urban Agriculture Resilience Program award.

Learn more about your eligibility for the Urban Agriculture Resilience Program, see a complete list of criteria and access the application form. Award amounts range between $10,000 and $20,000.

Applications must be received by 11pm ET/8pm PT May 19, 2021 using the online application form.

For a preview of the application questions click here!

Key criteria for applicants:

  • Must be a public garden in the United States or a nonprofit organization partnering with a public garden in the United States on urban agriculture programming.
  • Must use award funds to support urban agriculture or other food growing programming in urban/metropolitan areas; programs must include food growing and education components.
  • Must be able to clearly describe the budget and anticipated impact of the funds received.
    All phases of this program are specifically designed to be easy-to-complete, equitable, and timely.


Please visit our Q&A page to see commonly asked questions. We held a Q&A webinar on May 4, 2021, the slides for that presentation can be viewed here and once edited, the recording of the webinar is linked here.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please contact with further questions.