The Fertilizer Fund

To apply for  a Fertilizer Fund Grant you may download the application requirements below. The application form is to be used as a guide in completing a grant proposal.  Please be sure all the information requested is included on your application.   Keep in mind all projects must benefit a not-for-profit organization, be oriented to horticulture and be within the Philadelphia city limits.  The Grant will not pay for salaries, labor or non-horticultural materials.   If you have any questions about the grant application process, contact Carolyn Adams at

Applications will be accepted for the coming year up until February 1, 2023

Click here to Donate to 2023 Fertilizer Fund

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 2022-2023.  100% of all contributions goes directly to the projects selected for that year.  Credit card or electronic check donations can be made by using the secure link listed above.  Checks should be made payable to:  The Philadelphia Committee of the GCA and mailed to:  Binney McCague,  PCGCA treasurer.    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.

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The Fertilizer Fund for 2020-21 funded 18 grants totaling $51,391  to the projects listed below

Grant amounts ranged from $500 to $5,000 

BARTRAMS GARDEN:    (FOOD,  EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Plants, seeds and planting materials for the children's educational food garden.

  CHIPPING HILL MICRO FARMS    ( EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT)  Topsoil, organic potting  mix, and  seeds.   

 CLARKE SCHOOLS for HEARING and SPEECH:   ( EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Mulch, plants, garden boxes, flower boxes and soil.

HISTORIC FAIR HILL:    (FOOD AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT) Tools, pots, soil and 6 fruit trees for school yard.   ( EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Native pollinator plant, bee houses and water source supplies for the Pollinator demonstration garden.

MAGEE REHABILITATION    (EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Heirloom seeds, soil,, fertilizer, pest management, herbs annuals and perennials for their rooftop horticultural therapy and butterfly garden. 


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METHODIST HOME/HERITAGE FARM:    (FOOD GRANT)  Seeds and seed starting material, potting soil,  soil amendments/fertilizer, and untreated oak stakes to produce food for the residents and  farmer's market.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TRUST:   (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)  Plants, trees, topsoil, sod and mulch for The Concert Garden.

NORRIS SQUARE   ( FOOD GRANT) Hand pruners, wheelbarros, gloves, loppers, shears, hose and hand reel.

PASTORIUS PARK:   (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT native plants for this 16 acre park.

PHS/LOGAN SQUARE:    (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   Perennials for planting in the square..

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT:    ( FOOD GRANT)  To restore the Pearl Street Orchard new fruit trees, berry bushes, fruiting vines and herbaceous perennials to attract pollinators.  

FRIENDS OF THE RAIL    (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT, CONSERVATION, EDUCATION )  Replace plant material and interpretative materials  for a pollinator garden.

SMITH     (EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   Plant material to landscape around the newly renovated Playhouse     (HISTORIC PRESERVATION)  Screen plantings for the area around the new Dinah statue.

ST. JAMES    (HISTORIC PRESERVATION, FOOD AND EDUCATIONAL GRANT)   Shrubs and plants to restore the beautiful but deteriorating historical  campus grounds, vegetable seeds for the food garden.    (HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)  Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs to revitalize the ornamental beds in the rose garden..

The Fertilizer Fund for 2021-22 funded 16 grants totaling $51,251.86 to the projects listed below  Grant amounts ranged from $500 to $5,205

Bartram's Garden: www.   The grant will fund the purchase of supplies for the Children's Garden including native and pollinator-friendly plants, seeds, seedlings, soil, compost, pH soil tests, bulbs and pine straw.

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Chipping Hill Micro Farms:   The grant will provide funds to build a 5'X11' working greenhouse for growing vegetables at the Jonson Child Care Center in the Ogontz neighborhood.  The goal is to teach their 90 pre-K children to grow and eat vegetables.

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Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion:  The grant will provide funds to purchase blueberry bushes,  new varieties of grapes, rhubarb plants for the kitchen garden, roses (with trellis), lilacs, viburnums and hydrangeas to be planted throughout this historic Victorian garden in Germantown.

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Face to Face: Grant dollars will enable the purchase of garden supplies, tools and a drip irrigation system for the 25-plot community garden.  Produce grown will be used to prepare the meals currently served to this Germantown community, and extras to be distributed in their fresh market-free of charge.

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Historic Fair Hill:  The grant will allow the purchase of pruning tools, two fruit tree ladders, wheelbarrows, trowels and tree tags supplies for the robust Get Up and Green community gardening program.  They are working toward becoming a Level 1 arboretum. 

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital:  The grant will enable the purchase of seeds, perennials and supplies for the hospital's horticultural therapy gardening program.  The theme for the plantings this year is Native American plants.

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Methodist Services:  The grant dollars will provide their Heritage Fam with funds to purchase 70 different seed varieties, potting mix, poles to support tomatoes and peppers, mulch and compost to treat the soil of the growing beds.  The focus of the program is education for the students, families, residents and other program partiipants and includes onsite nutrition classes and periodic home delivered vegetables and fruit snacks.

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Neighborhood Garden Trust (NGT)/House of Grace: The grant is for trees, shrubs, perennials and soil for the second section of this garden which is to be a safe, tree-shaded refuge and consultation space, with a meditation labyrinth and a memoiral to community members who have passed.  Our grant would be combined with grants from PHS and a family foundation to complete the project.

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Norris Square Neighborhood Project:    Our grant will provide sturdy potting benches made of weather resistant wood, to include sinks and lights, for the community garden members.

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North Light Community Center:   Our grant will provide funds to create a vegetable and flower gardens in this community hub.  It will involve young children, teens and families.  They will learn to cook and eat the vegetables they have grown.

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PASA Sustainable Agriculture at Saul Agricultural HS:  PASA provides education and resources for farmers working in harmony with natural ecosystems.  Our grant will enable them to demonstrate how to increase the productivity of the existing orchard at Saul HS by installing vegetable crops and woody stem crops between the rows of fruit trees, and how to extend the season with both early (asparagus, ramps, rhubarb) and late (Asian pears, paw paws, winterberry) crops.  The produce is used in the school cafeteria and is sold at the CSA Farm Store.

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PHS/Logan Square Renovation - Phase 3:  Our grant will provide funds to purchase evergreen trees, large stature shrubs, and expand the perennial borders.  This will complete the final phase of the restoration.  Open bed space will be reserved for showcasing select annuals and tropical displays.

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Philadelphia Orchard Project/Hamuilton School:  Our grant will provide funds to expand orchard plantings at this public K-8 school serving the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia as an educational opportunity and as a site for community gatherings.  They will be cared for by University of Pennsylvania Netter Center garden staff, in collaboration with school staff, students, and community volunteers.  Produce will be used in culinary programs at the school and distributed to families of students and other community members.

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Friends of the Rail Park:  Our grant will provide hardy plant material for the gardens behind the swings and adjacent to the stairwell entrance of the park to maintain the health of the beds and limit their use as a walkway.  The garden beds will be cordoned off and educational plant information will be provided.

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Smith Playground:  Our grant will support two (2) projects on the site.  The first is for sensory, edible and pollinator plant material to landscape the west side of the Playhouse which has been newly renovated.  The second is to plant a "Bird Attraction" landscape along the east side of the building, providing shelter for the birds and an interactive opportunity for the preschool children to observe the birds nestled in the shrubs.

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Stenton:  Our grant will help to complete the final phase of the meadow garden and the installation of the Dina Memorial statue.  Native grasses and sedges will be added to fill in the spare area near the memorial.  Sod will be laid around the statue.  Some plantings will be added along 18th Street to screen the memorial and a wood chip path will be laid.

Photos to be  posted when available

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