Growing in the City Grants

The City offers grants to support a variety of gardening activities that benefit the community. 

The Growing in the City Grant Policy [PDF - 689 KB] guides the management of grants that impact and support urban agriculture programs and activities, including community gardening, boulevard gardening, food tree stewardship, and Victoria's seedling and garden material distribution program, Get Growing, Victoria! 

Grants under this policy include: 

  • Community Garden Start-Up Grant 
  • Growing in the City Micro Grant 
  • Growing in the City Volunteer Coordinator Grant  
  • Get Growing, Victoria! Service Grant 

Community Garden Start-Up Grant 

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Community Garden Start-Up Grants are available to eligible organizations to support in the design, planning, engagement and construction of new community gardens in the City of Victoria. The various types of community gardens and eligible activities are defined in the Community Garden Policy. [PDF - 206 KB] 

The Community Garden Start-Up Grant is available in two phases:  

1) up to $5,000 for the design phase  
2) up to $10,000 for the build phase  

The Community Garden Start-Up Grant prioritizes support for neighbourhoods without existing community gardens, higher density neighbourhoods and the development of new allotment gardens.  

The 2023 intake for the Community Garden Start-Up Grant will open on Monday, September 18, 2023, and close on Sunday, October 16, 2023. Successful applicants will be informed in December 2023.  

Learn more about the grant and how to apply:  

Learn more about the start-up process with the City of Victoria’s Starting a Community Garden in Your Neighbourhood [PDF - 5 MB] guide.

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Growing in the City Micro Grant

Growing in the City Micro Grants provide a maximum of $500 to cover supplies needed for eligible Growing in the City initiatives, including community gardening, urban food tree stewardship and community boulevard gardening. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and details about eligibility can be found in the terms of reference listed below.  

The 2024 intake for the Micro Grant program opens November 15, 2023, and closes January 31, 2024. Applications will be reviewed in February 2024 and payment of approved grants will occur in early spring 2024. 

Growing in the City Volunteer Coordinator Grant

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Growing in the City Volunteer Coordinator Grants are available to any neighbourhoods that manage and maintain community gardens as defined in the City’s Community Garden Policy [PDF - 206 KB]. Eligible programs also include community growing projects such as the Urban Food Tree Stewardship Program and community boulevard gardening. The grants are intended to provide funding for a person to conduct outreach and coordinate volunteers and to promote educational growing opportunities for the community. 

The 2024 intake for the Growing in the City Volunteer Coordinator Grant program opens November 15, 2023 and closes January 31, 2024. Funding will be awarded in spring 2024. 

Learn more about the grant and how to apply: 

Get Growing, Victoria! Service Grant  

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Get Growing, Victoria! is possible because of the amazing community organizations that help make the program thrive. Core partnership organizations provide services on behalf of the City of Victoria to help deliver the program. These organizations are the backbone of the program, and they are supported by Get Growing, Victoria! Service Grants.  

Get Growing, Victoria! Service Grants are directly awarded to eligible organizations that deliver a service on behalf of the City of Victoria as part of the City's seedling distribution program, Get Growing, Victoria! 

Other Related City Grants

My Great Neighbourhood Grants support citizen-initiated projects that animate underused community spaces to create gathering spots that bring people together.  

Strategic Plan Grants support initiatives that align with the actions and outcomes in the City of Victoria's Strategic Plan objectives and build community resilience.  

All other City of Victoria Grants.

Growing in the City Programs

The City offers Growing in the City recreation programs. Join in-person and virtual workshops to gain skills in gardening, seasonal cooking, habitat restoration, fruit tree care and much more. See what's available and register online.