College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Community Garden COVID Response and Enhancement Stipends

Cooperative Extension at NC A&T is excited to offer this stipend opportunity to community gardens throughout North Carolina. NC A&T has been working with North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP), to bolster the statewide network of community gardens by developing a virtual directory and resource hub.

This year 25 individual gardens will be awarded a stipend of up to $1000 by completing this application and participating in the stipend training. The stipends must be used for community garden enhancements and/or COVID-19 related purchases. Applications that are filled out completely and thoroughly will be prioritized. The stipend training will be online and walk gardeners through the application process as well as provide other resources to assist your garden continue to operate in a safe and healthy way. We are committed to sharing our resources equitably, prioritizing groups with limited access to other funding and Tier 1 counties. However, we encourage all gardens in need to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Community gardens must be in North Carolina.
  • All applicants must attend the half hour Community Garden COVID-19 Response Training to be eligible for the stipend. Community Garden Stipend Training must be completed before March 23, 2023.

Applications must be submitted by March 23, 2023

If the application is incomplete, it will be disqualified for this round of stipends.

If you need assistance in filling it out, do not hesitate to reach out to the Alyssa McKim by emailing

The two training dates are

A community garden's non-profit status as a criterion of a garden's eligibility for the stipend. Each garden is responsible for paying any and all taxes related to the stipend.


NCCGP has developed a rubric that will be used to determine which garden applications meet the criteria. Rubrics are a decision making framework that can be used for making grant decisions by making the process more objective. Preference will be given to gardens in Tier 1, lower-resourced community gardens with limited access to other funding. To be competitive, please provide clear and detailed answers to each question.

The notification of the awards will be announced on April 10th, 2023.


Access our online application here.

The 2022 Community Garden COVID Response and Enhancement Stipend recipients are:

  • Crossfire UMC/NETwor1 CG, Wilkes County
  • Diversity Nurtures Achievement, Duplin County
  • Catawba Trail CG/UCAN, Durham County\
  • Parkway Elementary CG, Watauga County
  • Beach Food Pantry, Dare County
  • Ida B's Green Hands, Orange County
  • Home Grown NC, Onslow County
  • Elder + Sage, Buncombe County
  • Root Cause Farm, Buncombe County
  • People's Garden, Sampson County
  • Black Diamond Backyard, Guilford County
  • Pffaftown Christian Church CG, Forsyth County
  • Turning Point CDC, Vance County
  • Coharie Tribe CG, Sampson County
  • West End CG/Happy Roots, Rowan County
  • Greene CG, Greene County
  • St. Timothy's Episcopal Church CG, Pitt County
  • Shiloh Community Garden, Buncombe County
  • Boys + Girls Club Edenton Chowan**, Chowan County
  • Deep Roots CG, Davie County
  • Heroes Center CG, Guilford County
  • J.D Lewis CG, Wake County
  • Creekside Learning CG**, Martin County
  •  Old Thirty Dirty Family Farm, Onslow County
  • Peace Garden + market/Hodo Huggers Int'l, Buncombe County
  • Neighborhood Hands Inc, Forsyth County
  • Mitchell Giving Gardens, Mitchell County
  • Moore Family Farms CG, Columbus County

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