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22 Organizations Awarded $1M in Community Gardens Grant Funding


$1 million has been awarded to 22 organizations across the state through Round 2 of New York State’s Urban Farms and Community Gardens Grant Program. The program is designed to support community growing spaces and recognize their impact on local food resiliency and food security for New Yorkers. Funding for the program was included in the FY 2023 Enacted Budget.

Funding was awarded to 22 urban farms and community gardens across the state for projects that focus on food production, food safety, and food distribution while also creating a lasting impact on local food resiliency. Awards will help the organizations managing these spaces to expand gardens, build structures, purchase equipment, and establish educational programs. The awarded recipients include:

Capital Region

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County, Green Roots: Growing Food and Community in the City- $50,000

Central New York

  • Cooperative Extension of Madison County, Expansion of the Morrisville Community Learning Garden- $46,155

Finger Lakes

  • Foodlink Inc., Foodlink Urban Farm Expansion Project: Phase 1- $50,000
  • EquiCenter Inc., EquiCenter Community Garden Support Initiative- $41,663

Long Island

  • Island Harvest LTD, Healthy Harvest Farm and Giving Gardens Expansion- $50,000
  • Sisters of St. Joseph, CSJ Community Garden Ministry- $22,784


  • Clarkstown Central School District, Clarkstown Central School District School and Community Garden Wellness Initiative- $50,000
  • Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Building the Poughkeepsie Urban Growers Network- $50,000

 Mohawk Valley

  • Unadilla Community Farm Education Center, Inc., Increasing Food Access in Central New York- $44,610.18

New York City

  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc., Community Seedling Distribution Program- $50,000
  • Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School- $50,000
  • Carl Fenichel Community Services Inc., LETC Smile Farms: 2024 Food Resiliency project in Flatbush Brooklyn- $40,816
  • Wyckoff House & Association, Inc., Wyckoff Farmhouse 2024 Urban Farm, Garden Apprenticeship and Farm Stand Season- $50,000
  • Volunteers of America – Greater New York, Inc., Schwartz Farm- $37,000
  • Services for the Underserved, Inc., SUS Community Food Security Program- $50,000
  • New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NYC GreenThumb Chicken Coop Project- $44,404.48
  • NYC Department of Education, PS 34 Food Forest Project and PS 131 Hydroponics Science Lab/Farm Classroom- $50,000
  • New York Restoration Project, Gardens for the City: Supporting Food Production in Community and School Gardens- $49,003
  • Council on the Environment Inc., GrowNYC Community Garden Renovation Project- $49,824.44
  • The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Community Farm Hubs: Increasing Food Production and Strengthening Youth Leadership- $50,000

Southern Tier

  • Maine-Endwell School District, Maine-Endwell School Gardens- $26,103

Western New York

  • Canticle Farm Inc., Canticle Farm Educational Center- $45,000
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