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One Step Community Gardens

Giving back to the community is part of the Hy-Vee culture. Hy-Vee One Step products offer our customers a selection of everyday foods, donating a portion of those proceeds to local and worldwide charitable causes. We are proud to make philanthropic investments that make lives easier, healthier and happier.

Community groups, schools, non-profits and others who are committed to teaching their communities about health and nutrition are invited to apply for a One Step Community Garden grant. These grants are designed to help groups teach others through hands-on gardening activities while sharing their produce with those in need in their communities.

Grant applications must be received by January 31, 2018. Recipients will be notified by February 27, 2018. All applications must be submitted online.

If you have any questions, please contact Keath Allen at [email protected]

View the requirements to be eligible for a grant

Applications Closed

The application deadline for 2018 has passed. Please check back in late 2018 for information about next year's grant.

Application Requirements

  1. One Step Community Garden Grants may be awarded to organizations whose core focus teaches those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables. Consideration will be given to those gardens in the Hy-Vee trade area that focus on donation and education.
  2. Grants may be awarded in the following areas:
    • Program materials: seeds, plants, supplies.
    • General operating support for garden upgrades.
  3. Grant applications must be received by January 31, 2018. Recipients will be notified by February 27, 2018. All applications must be submitted online.
  4. Grant selection process:
    • Applicant must demonstrate the garden project has strong participation from key stakeholders including volunteers, community partners and a school administrator if applicable.
    • Applicant must demonstrate consideration of the practical challenges of community garden development and upkeep including availability of water and mulch, soil testing, and tool storage.
    • Applicant must convey a plan for integrating the garden into the community and plans for the garden's produce.
    • Applicant must have the capacity to receive and manage grant funds responsibly and must provide a comprehensive budget with a focus on financial sustainability.
  5. Grant funds are subject to audit.
  6. Organizations receiving grant funds may be required to complete a post-project survey.
  7. Grantee assumes all financial and legal responsibility for the garden project.

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