Grants for Gardens and More

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2023 EMGVA Grants are available to any local non-profit organization willing to propose a gardening project that will focus on Research-based Education, Diversity, Environmental Stewardship, Fellowship/Teamwork, and Sustainability of the project. Grants typically range from $300 to $3,000 and last for one year. Those interested can fill out an application online with this Google Form: NOW CLOSED. All completed EMGVA grant applications must be submitted online by May 31, 2023. Funded EMGVA grants will be announced by September 30, 2023.

More information about the EMGVA Grant Program is found here:

Link to the grant application for 2023: NOW CLOSED Grant Application

The EMGVA has offered grants since 2008. Initially, the EMGVA supported various areas of the Arboretum to include NHC 4-H, the Ability Garden for individuals with disabilities, and other special learning gardens and projects within the Arboretum. Moving beyond the Arboretum grounds, EMGVA grants are now open to any school, library or local non-profit organization in New Hanover County. A few examples of 2022 grant winners are: Rise Up Community Farm, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, Burgwin-Wright House, Cape Fear Audubon, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School, The Children’s Museum of Wilmington, Community Enrichment Initiatives Willowdale Farm Urban Kitchen, The Ability Garden – Southside Community Gardens, Feast Down East, and the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum.

Thanks to the annual EMGVA plant sale at the Arboretum, the annual amount available for grants has grown to $20,000 in 2022.

The Arboretum is free to all and open every day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

More information about the EMGVA Grant Program is found here: