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 Susan Armstrong at

Applications will be accepted for the coming year up until February 1, 2022


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 2021-2022.  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.

The Fertilizer Fund for 2019-20 funded 19 grants totaling $49,941.02  to the projects listed below

BARTRAMS GARDEN:  $1,748.32  (AN EDUCATION GRANT)  In support of Bartram's new master site plan, and the Youth-Driven Greening Initiative and Urban Farming programs, we awarded a grant for poison ivy and insect control and delivered mushroom compost.

CHESTNUT HILL GARDEN DISTRICT:  $500 (A COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT)  To aid in the culmination of the restoration of the southern entrance to Chestnut Hill, a grant was provided to mulch the beds around the entrance signs.

CLARKE  SCHOOL HEARING AND SPEECH:  $900  (AN EDUCATION GRANT)  A grant was awarded for age appropriate children's environmental and ecology themed books, annual plants and stone for proper drainage in the garden which is used as a learning tool for this pre-school for deaf and hearing imparied children.

CLOUD 9 ROOFTOP FARM:  $1,580  (A COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT AND FOOD GRANT)  A rooftop farm garden at a Nicetown low-income senior center is being created with assistance from the Simon Gratz High School Garden Club.  The goal of the garden is to provide access to fresh food, expand opportunities for seniors to engage in green spaces and to strengthen social ties.  The grant will fund seeds and starters, tools, signage and educational materials.

CHRISTO REY PHILIADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL:  $5,000  (AN EDUCATION GRANT)  This grant was given to fund building supplies, soil, seeds, starter plants, tools and garden supplies for this Charter School and their Garden Club to create a school garden and community resource that adds to their science and nutrition curriculum.

INDEPENDENCE HALL CHAPTER OF NSDAR:  $1,146.83  (A  CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION GRANT)  To aid  The Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Committee with the completion of an organic, native plant garden to support the new beehive at the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic site, funds were given for native plants and materials in this garden. 

EBENEZER MAXWELL MANSION:  $908.82 (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)   A grant was given to this historic home to purchase red, white and blue annuals for their historic ribbon gardens with the suggestion they use perennials in those colors for future plantings.  A PCGCA member provided some suggestions on appropriate perennials. Click here to see the garden.

LAUREL HILL CEMETERY (WEST):  $2,502 (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)  Funding was provided to this National Historic Landmark and certified arboretum to purchase 29 varieties of dwarf and miniature conifers to be planted in the cemetery's Medallion Garden.

MAGEE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL:  $2,200 (AN EDUCATIONAL AND FOOD GRANT)  PCGCA supports Magee's horticulture therapy program and the rofftop gardens where herbs and vegetables, used by the hospital chef and patients in the Occupational Therapy kitchen, are grown in wheelchair accessible raised beds.  In addition, this year funds are to be used for supplies, plants, seeds and signage to build a tie to the Philadelphia Flower Show and encourage patients to enter.

METHOSIDT SERVICES' HERITAGE FARM:  $4,700 (A FOOD GRANT)  Methodist Services provides early childhood education and family nutrition programs for their formerly homeless residents and others receiving their services.  Funding was provided for this economically sustainable farm to purchase seeds, potting mix, stakes, irrigation materials, composting materials and soil re-mineralization.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TRUST:  $5,000 (A FOOD GRANT)  A grant was given to NGT to help with the renovation to the Pemberton Community Garden, located at 7044-06 South 19th St.  The garden with 11 raised beds was created by residents in 1999 on a vacant and neglected lot using found materials.  Our funds support  reconstruction of the beds to make them safer and easier to maintain as well as for plant material.

NORTH LIGHT COMMUNITY CENTER:  $1,573.55 (A FOOD  AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT)  This Community Center has evolved to serve as a nurturing and "Wellness" environment for multi-ethnic low-income children, teens and families.  In 2014 a concrete playground was converted into green space with flower beds and a rain garden.  Our grant will assist the neighborhood volunteers in planting vegetables in these gardens as part of their horticulture and wellness programming.

PHYSIC GARDEN:  $700  (A HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)  Funding to purchase plants for the PA Hospital's 18th Century medicinal herb garden was given.  Garden conditions have changed so the Core Committee (with the help of Four Counties Garden Club) is in the process of updating the original plan and seeking the best plants that are currently available and appropriate to the historic time period.

PENNSYLVANIA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY:  $4,287.50 (A COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT) Funds were provided for the renovation of the landscape plantings in Logan Square along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Perennials and ornamental grasses will be purchased to create the structural form in this first phase of the new design.

Photos  posted when project is complete

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT (POP):  $6.203  (A FOOD  AND EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Our grant will be used to plant a permaculture food forest and new community orchard at Wissahickon Environmental Center, using native species.  The produce will be used in the nature-based education programs for the community; including schools and summer camps.

ROYAL HERITAGE SOCIETY/ORMISTON MANSION:  $2,500  (AN EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT)  Funds were given to purchase plant material, garden accessories and tools as they continue to develop the gardens and educational programs promoting hortiulture, landscaping and conservation..

SMITH MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND & PLAYHOUSE:  $3,000 (A COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT AND EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Our grant was given to purchase plant material for the Nature Explore area which serves as a teacher-training area, a classroom for Early Childhood Education students, an open-ended play space, and an environmentally friendly space for special events such as Mud Day and a Backyard Bugs Camp.

STENTON MANSION:  $2,000 (A HISTORICAL RESTORATION GRANT)  Funding to purchase trees and shrubs was given to continue the restoration plantings of the perimeter screening of the property.  The planting is focusing on the area where the newly commissioned statue of the famous Stenton enslaved, Dinah, will be placed.

URBAN TREE CONNECTION:  $3,400 (A FOOD AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT)  Funds are being given to revitalize two side-by-side gardens, previously abandoned lots, which were developed in 2010.  The Queen's Garden functions as a Community garden and The LeMoyne's Garden is a walk-through corner, pocket park.  Both gardens were in need of upgrading to ease maintenance, to facilitate use by the elderly gardeners and to enhance their multi-use purpose.

Before                                                                                    After

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

BARTRAMS GARDEN:  $3,000 (FOOD,  EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Plants, seeds and planting materials for the children's educational food garden.

CHIPPING HILL MICRO FARMS:  $1,475  ( EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT)  Topsoil, organic potting mix, and  seeds.   

CLARKE SCHOOLS for HEARING and SPEECH:  $650 ( EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Mulch, plants, garden boxes, flower boxes and soil.

HISTORIC FAIR HILL: $1,750 (FOOD AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT) Tools, pots, soil and 6 fruit trees for school yard.

GREENSGROW: $5,000 ( EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Native pollinator plant, bee houses and water source supplies for the Pollinator demonstration garden.

MAGEE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL: $1,500 (EDUCATIONAL GRANT)  Heirloom seeds, soil,, fertilizer, pest management, herbs annuals and perennials for their rooftop horticultural therapy and butterfly garden. 


Photos shown when project is completed

METHODIST HOME/HERITAGE FARM:  $5,000 (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: $5,000 (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)  Plants, trees, topsoil, sod and mulch for The Concert Garden.

NORRIS SQUARE NEIGHBORHOOD: $964 ( FOOD GRANT) Hand pruners, wheelbarros, gloves, loppers, shears, hose and hand reel.

PASTORIUS PARK: $2, 685 (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT native plants for this 16 acre park.

PHS/LOGAN SQUARE: $5,000 (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   Perennials for planting in the square..

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT:  $2,568 ( 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 PARK: $5,000 (COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT, CONSERVATION, EDUCATION )  Replace plant material and interpretative materials  for a pollinator garden.

SMITH PLAYGROUND: $1,500 (EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   Plant material to landscape around the newly renovated Playhouse 

STENTON: $982 (HISTORIC PRESERVATION)  Screen plantings for the area around the new Dinah statue.

ST. JAMES SCHOOL:  $5,000 (HISTORIC PRESERVATION, FOOD AND EDUCATIONAL GRANT)   Shrubs and plants to restore the beautiful but deteriorating historical  campus grounds, vegetable seeds for the food garden.

WYCK: $3,000 (HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT)  Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs to revitalize the ornamental beds in the rose garden..