We are happy to announce that applications for the 2020 Portland Garden Club Grant program are now being accepted. The application form is located on our website with directions on completion. We welcome applicants from non-profit organizations in ourcommunity whose mission aligns with that of The Portland Garden Club. We do fund projects that are time specific. Please note that we do not fund capital campaigns or projects.

Community Outreach Grant applications must be submitted by Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm.


The Portland Garden Club Mission Statement

“To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds, to encourage civic beauty, and to improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation and education.”


Community Outreach Grant Recipients for 2019

Community Outreach Grants last year totaled over $10,000. We received 22  grant applications from a cross section of non-profits. Not all applicants asked for the full $2500 which is the largest grant we provide. The following five were chosen as the 2019 recipients:

Cape Horn Conservancy
The Cape Horn Trail is one of the closest Gorge trails to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area and features gorgeous views, rocky crags, two waterfalls and an abundance of native flowers including the sensitive species tall bugbane. The Conservancy, an all-volunteer organization, works to restore trail damage, remove invasive species and educate hikers on the value of native flora. They used their grant to purchase native seed and hand tools needed for the restoration work done by their crews.

 Friends of the Columbia Gorge
The Friends (FOG) works to ensure that the beautiful and wild Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come. Their grant money was used to purchase native plants and seeds for restoration work after the Eagle Creek fire. That catastrophic event made the Gorge more vulnerable than ever to invasive plants. In 2018 the FOG launched a public land stewardship program to address this concern and now utilizes volunteer crews to remove invasive species and plant natives in the newly opened areas.

Growing Gardens
Growing Gardens provides resources, education and support to low-income families, schools, and correctional facilities. They used their grant to provide garden tools to aid participants in growing organic food. This is part of a multi- year mentoring program which educates participants on growing practices that will contribute to the health of the soil, watershed and wildlife as well as helping families put food on their tables.

Oregon Zoo Foundation
The Oregon Silverspot butterfly, once common in coastal grasslands near the Pacific Ocean, was listed as threatened in 1980. Their populations have suffered serious declines due to development, habitat degradation and invasion of non-native species.
The Oregon Zoo Foundation used their grant to offset the cost of the production of violets, a critical food source for developing pupae. These violets are grown at the zoo and at Coffee Creek Woman’s Correctional facility as part of a unique job skills program. At a certain stage, captive pupae raised in the Zoo lab and the blue violet seedlings are relocated to their native coastal meadows with the hope of re-populating the butterflies and promoting the health of their critical habitat.

SW Trails PDX
The SW Trail Restoration project is located along a popular community trail 3.6 miles from downtown Portland. SW Trails PDX has helped to build and maintain over 40 miles of trails in the area, including the famous 4-T Trail. This trail has become a demonstration project for native plants, habitat restoration and storm water management. SW Trails PDX will use their grant to install a native pollinator garden and “bug hotels” on the trail.

Past PGC Grant Recipients
2018 Recipients

·        The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas
·        Tucker Maxon Elementary School
·        Friends of Trees
·        Mary Rieke Elementary School
·        The Bloom Project
2017 Recipients
·        Home Forward Community Partnership
·        Rigler Elementary School
·        Schoolyard Farms
2016 Recipients
·        Depave. From Parking Lots to Paradise
·        Lord and Schryver Conservancy
·        Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center
2015 Recipients
·        Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center
·        Portland Fruit Tree Project
2014 Recipients
·       Friends of Trees
.       Growing Gardens

Community Outreach Grant Form 2-28-20

Click above to download the form.