The Fertilizer Fund

To apply for  a Fertilizer Fund Grant you may download an application below.  Keep in mind all projects must benefit a
not-for-profit organization, be oriented toward horticulture, and be within the Philadelphia city limits. 
If you have any questions about the grant application process, contact Mrs. Susan Armstrong at suedarm@aol.com    

Applications will be accepted for the coming year up until February 1


The Fertilizer Fund for 2016-17 raised $39,480 for 13 grants awarded to the projects listed below:

JOHN BARTRAM'S GARDEN:     $4,000

Funds were awarded for gardening supplies (soil, plants, tools and lumber) in support of their horticulture, educational and community gardening projects.

EBENEZER MAXWELL MANSION:   $1680

Funds awarded to restore the Frank J. Scott's 1870 Ribbon Garden, two garden trellises and plants for the Downing white garden.

HISTORIC GERMANTOWN:  $3,000

Funds will be used for trees, shrubs and plants for the courtyard and new rain garden.

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT:  $3,000

Funds awarded to help plant a new community orchard with Pastorius Community Gardens in East Central Germantown.

MAGEE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL:  $2,000

Funds awarded to purchase vegetables, perennials, annuals, herbs, seeds, soil, fertilizer, compost, organic and fungal sprays, pots and vases for the Horticultural Therapy program.

METHODIST SERVICES HERITAGE FARM:  $5,200

Funds awarded to purchase seeds and heating of their greenhouse.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TRUST:  $3,900

Funds awarded to help with the rejuvenation of the Federal Street Garden.

PENNSYLVANIA HORTICULTURE SOCIETY:  $3,500

Funds awarded to purchase tools, soil and materials to build 4 raised beds at each of four gardens.

PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL PHYSIC GARDEN:  $400

Funds awarded to purchase herbal plants, rose bushes and Mountain Laurel for the woodlands.

SMITH MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND AND PLAYHOUSE:  $2,300

Funds awarded for Phase 3 of the erosion project to create proper foot paths.

STENTON MANSION:   $4,000

Funds awarded to purchase Meadow Plants for the second phase of the rejuvenation of the meadow.

URBAN TREE CONNECTION:   $2,000

Funds awarded to repair the farm shed, purchase plants for a pollinator garden and lockers for storage items.

THE WOODLANDS TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION:  $4,500

Funds awarded plant material and tags for each garden and for program signage.

Each year the Fertilizer Fund  fills a much-needed niche by providing supplemental funds or seed money to small neighborhood projects or to larger landmark projects, all within the City of Philadelphia, which help define the horticultural landscape of The City.  Projects must all be focused on horticulture; must all be 501c3, not-for-profit organizations; and all within the city limits of Philadelphia.

We welcome contributions of any amount to the Fertilizer Fund Annual Giving 2017-18.  100% of all contributions goes directly to the projects selected for that year.  Checks should be made payable to:  The Philadelphia Committee of the GCA and mailed to:  Heidi Hole, 1291 Farm Road, Berwyn, PA 19312  Please include your name and address so we may thank you and mail you a receipt.

The PCGCA is an exempt organization as described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.

The Fertilizer Fund for 2017-18 funded 15 grants totaling $40,671.19 to the projects listed below. 

JOHN BARTRAM'S GARDEN:   $3,500   

Funding was given to expand programming for their horticulture, education and conservation programs by providing plants, tools, lumber and materials for the art and science programs.

                                                                                                                                                                             

CEDAR PARK NEIGHBORS:   $2,500

Funding was provided for plant material to complete the redesign of the garden beds around the World War 1 Veterans Memorial as a Peace Garden.

CLARK SCHOOLS FOR HEARING AND SPEECH:  $3,000

Funds supplied for planting boxes, tools, buckets, watering cans and soil to create a garden for their preschool program.

EBENEZER MAXWELL MANSION:  $1,468

Funding was used to purchase annuals and supplies to amend the soil and mulch the beds.

MAGEE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL:  $2,400

Funds will be used to support the Horticultural Theraphy Program with the purchase of annuals, vegetables, herbs, seed packets and other supplies.

METHODIST HOME FOR CHILDREN:  $3,500

Funding provided for seeds, seed-starting materials, propane to heat greenhouse, rejuvenation and fertilization of the soil at the Heritage Farm.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TRUST:  $1,000

Funds were given to support grading and planting grass seed, purchase of ornamental trees and planting, flats of vegetable seedlings, lumber and hardware for raised beds at the Collins Smith Barrick Playground.

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PENNSYLVANIA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY:  $5,000

Support was given to Phase I of the revitalization of the Azalea Garden behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art which includes assesments of the current plants, soil amendments, repairs to the irrigations system and purchasing and planting new Azaleas and hardwoods.

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PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT:  $3,020

Funding to purchase plants, topsoil and compost for the new orchard at the Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia.  The orchard will be enhanced by murals provided by the Mural Arts Program.

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SMITH MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND:  $1,450

Funding was given to hire a professional arborist to do necessary pruning that is too hazardous for a volunteeer to do.

PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL PHYSIC GARDEN:  $200

Funding for replacement plants.

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STENTON:  $3,000

Funds were provided to expand the screen plantings in the perimeter of the meadow based on  John Wistar's 1911 original design.

STRAWBERRY MANSION:  $3,200

Funding provided to purchase deer resistant plantings which will include sun and shade loving plants, shrubs and flowers to be planted along the walkway and perimeter of the garden.

URBAN TREE CONNECTION:  $3,000

Funding provided for hoses, hose fittings, water testing, irrigation contractor, and herb drying rack for the Neighborhood Foods Farm.

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EDWARD GIDEON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  $2,933.19

Funding to construct raised beds for growing vegetables with drip irrigation and trellises for taller growing vegetables.   The produce will be given to the students and their families and the overage will be sold at a minimal cost to the neighborhood.