The Portland Garden Club Community Outreach Grants

Thank you for considering a proposal for a grant from The Portland Garden Club. We are proud of our history of contributing grants to worthy projects in our community and look forward to reviewing your grant proposal.

The 350 members of The Portland Garden Club care mightily about our community.  We take great pride in sharing our love of plants and gardening with others.  We are passionate about cultivating civic beauty and protecting our planet.  Making grants to projects and programs in our community is a way to extend these efforts.

PGC grants have ranged from $650-$4000. Larger exceptional grant requests may be considered.

We know there are many worthy efforts that align with our mission, some large, many small. Please apply if your group has one of them or has a dream to have one of them. Help us get the word out to the groups you know of that are working to connect people to nature, helping them learn about and appreciate the majesty of plants, birds, fish, and trees, and who are creating natural beauty in our urban landscape.

Completed applications must be received by Monday, February 28, 5 p.m. for consideration.  No late applications will be reviewed.  

Criteria used in evaluation:

  • Supports the mission statement of The Portland Garden Club.
  • Grant is project based. We do not fund endowments, scholarships, feasibility studies, maintenance, salary or stipends.

  • Project is “shovel” ready and has a clearly defined objective.

  • Includes a detailed financial plan for using grant money.

  • Measurement of success is well defined.

  • Identifies potential and actual additional funding sources for the project.

  • Explains need for the project and potential impact on the community.

  • Meets clear deliverables within our budget year (June 30, 2022-July 1, 2023).

  • Contains unique and exciting elements.

  • Represents a nonprofit organization within our community (Portland Metro).

 Questions to keep in mind:

  • What is the specific need or use for the grant money?
  • Are there an additional sources available for funding?
  • Is project maintenance assured?
  • Is the community interested in the project?
  • Will the PGC contribution make a discernible difference in the future of the project?

Questions about the application process and general information can be sent to the Community Outreach Chair, Kristin Kaden Dreyer, at