2021 New Garden CGDF Applications

If you are an Ottawa Community Housing group please contact the coordinator at the number below.

Applications to the CGDF can be submitted year round.  They will be assessed as they are received.

Applications received during 2021 will be assessed on an ongoing basis, as opposed to a single deadline each winter.  While it is likely that most gardens applying in 2021 will receive funding in 2021, it is possible that some will not be able to access funding until 2021. We are also seeking sponsorship opportunities for 2021 gardens to help fund as many gardens as are ready.

Prospective gardens will have different needs for land access approvals depending on who owns the land the garden is seeking to use.  Gardens wishing to build on City-owned land will take longer to approve. For those wishing to build on City-owned land in 2021, we strongly recommend you get your proposal in by the end of May 2021.

Those interested in building on National Capital Commission Urban Lands, the NCC conducted a pilot garden in 2017.  There are also gardens on NCC Greenbelt lands. Please contact the coordinator at communitygardening@justfood.ca for more information.

If you would like to mail, email, or fax in the application here is the downloadable file:


Community Gardening Network Coordinator:
Sun Shan
(613) 824-7771

Just Food
Community Gardening Network
2391 Pepin Crt.
K1B 4Z3

For applications in french: http://www.alimentationjuste.ca/reseau-des-jardins-communautaires-dottawa/fonds-de-developpement-des-jardins-communautaires/

Garden Details

Please email permission letter to communitygardening@justfood.ca

Contact Information

Contact information of 3 core group members:
Person 1
Person 2
Person 3
Doesn't have to be specific. Only month and year.
This could be an individual, or an organization, etc.
This is for in the event the funding cannot be disbursed in person

Community Support

Project Details

Describe Particular Project Details:
Please include details on all of the following: bed construction, topsoil delivery, compost, mulch, pathways material, what will be done to ensure property owners' assets are not damaged. *Note Site Plans is a separate question, below.
Please describe your water plan. Please include details on: where the water source is, whether it is confirmed, how that water will get to the garden space. How long the hose is that will be required to fill the vessels, and what vessels are used to store water in the garden.
Maximum upload size: 2.1MB
Applications must include a site plan if applicable) that outlines where the plots, compost bins, water source/vessels, shed any other notable features in the garden will be. Please indicate accessible plots on your site plan and label the accessible pathway if applicable. It is very helpful to also include a contextualization site plan that shows where the site is in relation to the larger property. Lastly, for gardens on City Land, if you are building a shed, pergola, arbour, or anything else please submit the specifications for the feature. On this diagram please provide dimensions, footing, materials, design, installation details, and anything else that may be relevant– the more details the better.
It's a priority of gardens in the Community Gardening Network to ensure that gardens reduce barriers to participation for as many residents as possible.  Please identify what strategies, designs, and features in your garden will contribute to a more barrier free gardening experience (i.e. accessible beds, pathway, etc.)
Gardens are encouraged to adopt environmentally-friendly ways. All community gardens are required to adopt organic growing methods, given close proximity among gardeners, including using organic soil, non-chemical pest control and fertilization methods, and using untreated wood for building garden boxes. In addition, consider such practices as purchasing from local suppliers, composting, incorporating pollinator plants, seed saving, water conservation, planting locally adapted varieties, education, etc.. Please describe your thinking on this subject.
How will it be structured? What positions or committees exist? How can other interested gardeners or volunteers access positions or be included in decision-making?
The Community Gardening Network encourages inclusive and diversified garden membership at every garden, making growing food accessible to people despite their financial status, skill levels, language, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, age, physical ability, etc. Please describe your strategies to make the garden membership diverse, and to build a garden culture that is inclusive.
I.E. volunteer hours, communal tasks, etc...
I.E. expected hours for set up and steering volunteers, accountability, expected responsibilities.
Please include details on how the site will be accessed by gardeners, where tools will be stored, parking, how public access to the garden will be managed, how you will manage your garden's compost.
Please include details on: On-going site maintenance, pathway maintenance, end of year garden closure, dealing with abandoned plots mid-season and anything else you think is important for this garden.
Maximum upload size: 2.1MB
Proposed Budget for this project please include a detailed itemized list of items you will purchase for this project.
Please list all other sources of funding/ in-kind resources.

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