One of the objectives of Open Gardens Canberra is to support charities. In 2020 we donated $1000 each to the CWA Drought Relief Appeal and Tharwa Rural Fire Service as well as $2000 to the Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens which was badly impacted by the recent fires.

Individual charities are also chosen by each garden owner. In Autumn 2019, one of our most successful weekends resulted in nearly $6000 being raised for Bungendore charities through the respective garden owners. Since 2016 the following charities have benefitted from the proceeds of open gardens:

Open Gardens Canberra – Funding Support Program

Open Gardens Canberra currently has funding available from our operating surplus to assist not-for-profit community organisations with the establishment of a garden project. This program is part of our commitment to supporting local charities and encouraging gardening related initiatives.

If any member knows of a local organisation, school or charity that is interested in establishing a garden or needs financial support for a gardening related project (such as establishment of a compost facility, or a worm farm, garden seating, etc), please let us know as we are compiling a list of potential candidates for funding in the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW. Inquiries or proposals should be sent to

Examples of recently funded projects are:
• 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.

The upper limit of funding is $2,000 per project. There is no limit on the number of project proposals per member. Please note, this offer includes financial support only and does not include any provision of labour.

CIT Horticulture Scholarship

Open gardens Canberra also sponsors an annual Horticulture scholarship. The Open Gardens Canberra Scholarship provides an exciting opportunity for a CIT student in any horticulture stream to receive financial assistance with their studies. Eligible students are in their first year of a CIT qualification in horticulture or landscaping, within the CIT Department of Horticulture and Floristry. The Open Gardens Canberra Scholarship provides $2,000 over two years towards CIT tuition fees, textbooks and equipment.