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.

We are currently seeking applications from individuals, community groups or small incorporated associations in the ACT or ACT region. If you are interested in applying, your project should meet the criteria outlined in the Application for project funding 2022. Applications should be submitted by 13 May 2022. We will assess all applications with a view to advising the successful applicant(s) by 30 June 2022.

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 available funds this year are $2,500. Please note, this offer includes financial support only and does not include any provision of labour.


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:

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.