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, 2021

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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 2020-2021.  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:  Nancy Deibert,  2521 Valley View Drive, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006.   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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

Photos  posted when project is complete

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.

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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.

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