- Subject: [cg] Grant Writing
- From: email@example.com
- Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 14:38:30 -0400
Sorry kiddo, I don't write grants for other groups - mostly lack of time, but learning how to fish is a great thing to learn to do, a necessary skill for any non-for profit organization.
First you search the web for organizations that provide grants in your area for parks, open, space, greening, projects that feed people, read their organization's requirements, and go to town.
There are books in your local public library on grant writing, or if you know someone in a local NGO, charity, not-for-profit, university ( hotbeds of grant writing) then there are sources at hand to help.
Also, I've forwarded this to the listserv, in case anyone here has "ins" to grantors near you, or has more specific advice.
From: Pauline Tessier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 10:16:28 -0700
Subject: Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #2236 - 1 msg
> write foundation grants
in this letter.
Is this strictly for your own garden, or do you help other gardens with this endeavor?
On Oct 6, 2005, at 10:00 AM, email@example.com wrote:
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> Subject: [cg] Re: [tb-cybergardens]: garden location fees
> The first thing you do, as a garden is decide what your mission is. At > the
> Clinton Community Garden, we're a garden for a neighborhood in a parks > and open
> green space starved neighborhood. As an open garden, perhaps the most
> accessible community garden in the City of New York, with over 5,000 > key holders, open
> gates on the weekend, and a sign on the front door that tells passers > by that
> if they want to come into the garden and someone's inside, all they > have to
> do is ask - people take pictures. The place is pretty.
> However, the Clinton Commnity Garden is first and foremost a community
> garden. It's a special use public space, like a public library is. > We're a NYC
> Parks garden, so we don't, and can't collect "fees," though we do > accept
> contributions which we always acknowledge, and are organized as a > 501(c)(3) corporation
> to accept them. Nobody in the garden makes a cent off of it. And > that's our
> mission, and how we run it.
> Key to running a public space is managing its programming. For any > gathering
> of over 10 people, for artistic programming, even filming, the > applications
> have to be made a good six weeks in advance, and have to be approved > by the
> steering committee of the garden. Anyone who wants to see how we do > this can go to
> the "events application" section of our website: Clinton Community > Garden .
> Our rule of thumb is that the event has to be garden centered, and > serves the
> garden community. A local dance company who wants to do a performance > on the
> grass, is OK. A film crew for PBS doing a segment on bee keeping and
> vermiculture in the garden is OK, a documentary crew from Japan doing > a piece on a New
> York City community garden is OK, but a fashion crew looking for a > free
> venue, a commercial TV series wanting to bring in heavy cameras and > cables to film
> a few minutes for a cop show and trash the joint, or a bunch of NYU > student
> looking for cheap color, and rudely ordering gardeners and our usual > patrons
> from their "artistic shots" and with no respect for the joint - we'll > pass.
> We raise operating dollars from selling t-shirts at the 9th Avenue food
> festival, write foundation grants, and accept contributions from > neighborhood
> residents who love the garden. We don't have to "spread 'em" for > commercial film
> crews. And our neighborhood likes it that way. But community garden > governance,
> like all politics is local. And you should do what you need to do. > But we
> won't do anything that excludes our seniors, kids and daily users of > the garden
> for a temporary media circus that wants a "little color."
> Hope this has been useful,
> Adam Honigman
> Clinton Community Garden
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