Open Gardens Canberra – Funding Support Program

Each financial year, Open Gardens Canberra has funding available from our operating surplus to assist with the establishment of a project or projects that meet our core values.

$5,000 has been allocated in the 2023-2024 financial year for projects, and applications are now closed. The successful projects are described below.

We expect that the next round of funding will open for applications early in 2025, following a review of the program.

Types of projects that could be considered include but are not limited to:

  • Restoration of native woodlands
  • Projects that will enhance a streetscape
  • Projects that will improve the garden experience for the disabled
  • Garden education projects
  • Making open gardens available to a wider audience through technology.

2024 Projects

In 2024 we are funding 4 projects:

  • Belgravia Foundation has received $2,540 to construct and make operational six wicking beds for an all-access community garden located at Lakeside Leisure Centre Tuggeranong. The funds will partner with other contributions and will be used to purchase soil, compost, perlite, framing, cladding and hardware fittings.
  • The Memorial Garden at Robert Comb Gardens has been provided $600 to purchase materials to enhance the northern approach to the Robert Comb Memorial in Stirling.
  • Lions Youth Haven has been funded $2,150 to expand its gardening health and cooking program at Kambah, which runs in partnership with local high schools and which targets youth who are at-risk or disengaged in the mainstream school system. The funds will be used to purchase edible Australian plants and a range of equipment.
  • A small Tomodachi inspired garden in Wanniassa has received $300 to purchase soil, fertilisers and related materials to enable a group of primary school aged friends to learn to raise vegetables and use the produce.

2023 Projects

In 2023 we funded two projects:

  • Friends of Dryandra Woodlands received $3,000 for the continuation of the restoration of 16 ha of urban park bushland between Black Mountain and Bruce Ridge Nature Reserves. The work included weed control and planting of indigenous understory species on degraded lands to replace the weeds.
  • Croke Place Wetlands Land Care Group was allocated $1,500 towards the construction of 3 seats to provide rest and pleasant viewing for visitors at 3 different sites overlooking the wetlands and Ginninderra Creek.

Examples of previously funded projects

  • St Dominic’s Garden, Holy Rosary Church. Constructing a 60th anniversary commemorative garden and revitalisation of existing garden beds.
  • Construction of the Bonner Verge Garden with two planter boxes constructed on the verge.
  • Canberra High School completed their project with funding provided by Open Gardens Canberra and their P&C. They have constructed three large raised garden beds outside their Technology block, planted with a range of winter crops that are commonly used in their Food Technology classes
  • Donation of advanced trees to Featherston Gardens in Weston to replace some they lost during the drought.
  • Approval of other community-based garden projects including works at Canberra City Farm and a bush aviary for Wildcare in Queanbeyan.