The Fertilizer Fund

To apply for  a Fertilizer Fund Grant you may download the application 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 Susan Armstrong at

Applications will be accepted for the coming year up until February 1, 2020

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 2019-2020.  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. 


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.



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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


Funding for replacement plants.


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.


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.

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.





   The Fertilizer Fund for 2018-19 funded  17 grants totaling $46,471 to the projects listed below.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARDENS TRUST/HOUSE OF GRACE: $3,000  (A COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT)  Tree work and garden items will be purchased with the grant monies for the House of Grace Garden in the East Kensington Area.  The garden emcompasses eight lots in an area that is struggling with addiction and homelessness.  Two ladies took on the project of cleaning up these abandoned lots and have transformed them into a plae of beauty, abundance, and calm, which serves the community around them.

PENNSYLVANIA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AZALEA GARDEN: $5,000  (A COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT) Funds provided for the second phase of restoring the Azalea Garden which emcompasses 4 acres behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The structural woody layer is to be redesigned with specimen shrubs that will restore the garden to a higher level of excellence utilizing native azaleas, rhododendrons and complementary erocacious broadleaf evergreens to extend the seasonal bloom. 

TOOKANY/TACONY-FRANKFORD WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP, INC.: $3,750   (A CONSERVATION GRANT)  The Tacony Creek Park is a 300 acre park established in 1915 to protect the main stem of the Tacony Creek.  In 2000 The Phila. Water Dept. launched TTF in an effort to connect diverse stakeholders as neighbors and stewards of the watershed.  The  partnership was integral in developing  the TTF integrated Watershed Management Plan, a blueprint for restoring this urban stream into a community asset while addressing the Federal Clean Water Act and Federal Stormwater Permit Program.  In 2005 TTF incorporated as an independent non-profit organization and has experienced significant growth in the last few years, creating a strategic plan. PCGCA grant monies were given to purchase and plant native trees, shrubs, grasses and meadow seed mix, in order to enhance the pathway and screen out traffic.

JOHN BARTRAM'S GARDEN: $2,500    ( AN EDUCATION GRANT)  The mission of the John Bartram Association is to preserve Bartram's legacy of discovery, gardening and art and to inspire all ages to care for the natural world.  By 2020, Bartram's Mile will connect to the popular Schuylkill River Trail in center city increasing access to this garden which serves also as a 45-acre community park.  Our funds provide garden and instructional supplies in support of their ever-expanding intergenerational programs in horticulture, food education and environmental stewardship.  Bartram's Garden received the 2019 Peg Dilks Award.

CLARKE SCHOOLS FOR HEARING AND SPEECH:  $2,145   (AN EDUCATION GRANT)   Clarke School teaches pre-school deaf or hard of hearing children with cochlear implants or digital hearing aids skills they need to be successful in school and life.  Their gardening project with a hands on experience is designed to help increase their vocabulary and provide multi-sensory, real life experience to enhance the lessons in the classroom.   PCGCA funds were provided for plants and gardening supplies.

CLOUD 9 ROOFTOP FARM/SIMON GRATZ: $1,525  (AN EDUCATION GRANT)  Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm on West Girard Avenue is partnering with Simon Gratz Mastery Charter H.S. to develop a year round After School Garden Group.  The students will learn about sustainable growing techniques utilizing the 5th floor green house and  developing a roof top garden .   PCGCA funds were provided to help develop the program. 

MAGEE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL: $2,600  (AN EDUCATION GRANT) Magee requested funds to help with their Horticultural Therapy program at both the Main Hospital and its Riverfront Outpatient Center.  The garden projects, all made accessible to patients in wheelchairs,  promote calmness and relaxation for those who suffer emotional and phychological challenges as well as encourage a love of gardening.  PCGCA funding was given for plants and garden supplies for their Horticultural Therapy program. 

METHODIST SERVICES: $4,100  (A FOOD GRANT)  Methodist Home provides life enriching programs for children,, adults and families as they face life challenges.  They provide early childhood education, housing,, supplies for families, mental health, counseling and nutrition.  Heritage Farm is a major project of the Methodist Home.   PCGCA funds are for the purchase of seeds, seed-starting materials, potting mix, growing stakes, irrigation materials, and supplies to  help soil re-mineralization at Heritage Farm. 

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT/COBBS CREEK FARM:  $4,488  (A FOOD GRANT)  Funds were requested to start a new orchard at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center.  The orchard was designed by an POP Orchard assistant and will be maintained by the Parks and Recreation staff and community volunteers with assistance from POP staff.   

URBAN TREE CONNECTION: $2,700  (A FOOD GRANT) Since its inception in 2009, the Neighborhood Foods Farm has been evolving to become a nexus for community education and engagement, thriving both as a production and contribution hub of affordable produce for residens of the Haddington neighborhood in West Phila.  PCGCA funding was given to help update the infrastructure of the farm.  

PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL PHYSIC GARDEN$300    In 1976 the Botanical garden was begun as a bi-centennial project by the PCGCA and Friends of PA Hospital.  It was planted with herbs, trees and shrubs selected to be a representative collection of plants grown for medicinal purposes in 18th century American gardens.  PCGCA grant given to purchase plants, shrubs and trees for the gardens and woodlands. 

ROYAL HERITAGE SOCIETY:  $2,210  (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)  The RHS is a non-profit organization formed for the promotion of British Heritage in the Delaware Valley and is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of Ormiston Mansion built in 1798  in East Fairmount Park.  Since 1982 RHS has maintained  the mansion and its collections.  Their request is for the garden in front of the Mansion which involves a semi circular garden and a wooded area.  PCGCA funds were used to purchase bulbs, plant material and planting tools.

STENTON MANSION:  $2,500  (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)    Stenton was the 1730 home of James Logan and is maintained by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania. Its preservation, collections and surviving documentation have resulted in Stenton being dubbed "Philadelphia's most authentic Historic House".  The Colonial Revival landscape was designed by John Casper Wister in 1911 and was the location of the founding meeting of The Garden Club of America.  A PCGCA grant was given to help fund the next phase of the screen of native plantings around the perimeter.

STRAWBERRY MANSION $2,938  (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)    This historic Mansion is located in the Strawberry Mansion area of the city.  They built a structure in 2018 which has a tented area and is used for events including a Phila. Orchestra cencert, the annual Strawberry Festival and weddings.  PCGCA  funding is to be used to continue the restoration of the Elizabeth Price Martin Memorial Azalea Path.

WYCK:  $3,000  (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)   The Wyck Association stewards the historic home, rose garden and a working farm as well as the accompanying objects and papers belonging to its original inhabitants, the Wistar Haines family.  It became a hsitoric site in 1973, before which five generations of the Haines family maintained their home.  PCGCA provided Funding to procure 300 boxwood plants to plant around the perimeter of the rose garden that were recently lost to disease and weather.

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EBENEZER MAXWELL MANSION:  $700  (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT) The mission of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is to show-case 19th century Victorian Philadelphia through the architecture of the grounds, gardens and collections and through education programming, tours, theatrical productions and lectures.  PCGCA funds were give for Annual plants for the Ribbon garden, the Downing Garden and for the planters.


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