Grants for Greening

Parks & People offers small grants and technical assistance to grassroots and community-based groups to transform, activate and maintain public parks and green spaces as places to grow, learn, play and enjoy.

Learn more, receive resources and get assistance for neighborhood greening projects. Click here to get started by telling us about your ideas and your work.


Upcoming Opportunities 

Events and Workshops Visit our calendar to read full descriptions and to register.

RSVPs required

Free unless a fee is noted.

All workshops occur at Parks & People, 2100 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217. 

  • June 7: Fundraising Planning for a Greenspace Project
  • June 27: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the Garden
  • July 8: Rain Barrel Building ($65 fee to attend. Attendees leave with a rain barrel.)
  • September 9: Project Planning (attendance is required for groups planning to apply for a Start-up grant but all groups planning a project are welcome and encouraged to attend)
  • September 6: Composting in the Garden. This event will occur at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Baltimore, MD 21209
  • October 14: Seed Saving in Your Garden
  • October 14: Annual Plant & Seed Swap (must bring excess plant and gardening materials to participate)
  • December 6: Site Plan Implementation & Maintenance Planning



Parks & People will accept proposals from community-based groups seeking support for:

  • Design (Fee for concept design for a community-managed open space by Neighborhood Design Center provided) – due June 15, 2017
  • Enhancement (one-time grants to expand or enhance an established project that has been managed and maintained by the applicant for more than two years) – due September 15, 2017
  • Start Up (three-year grants to create a new neighborhood greening project) – due September 15, 2017

Vacant lot projects in the following neighborhoods targeted by Baltimore City will be prioritized:

  • Boyd-Booth
  • Broadway East
  • Carrolton Ridge
  • Druid Heights
  • Greater Mondawmin
  • Harlem Park
  • Penn North
  • Sandtown Winchester
  • Shipley Hill
  • South Clifton Park

Applicants must be invited to apply.


Grants and Technical Assistance Process

Any community groups seeking advice, resources or assistance for a greening project should:

1) Tell about your group and your project using this brief form

2) Learn about what’s available - A staff person will follow up with you, typically within 1-2 business days, to schedule a time to discuss your idea or project in greater detail and to begin connecting you with resources.

In addition to phone consultation, staff may provide site visits for onsite technical assistance as needed. Let us know if you are interested in a site visit during your call.

3) Prepare for your project – Recommended steps will be provided to you after your phone consultation or site visit. All steps will help you to develop your project plan.

Common steps may be gaining permission to use the site for new projects, and /or to attend a free workshop offered by Parks & People or our partners. More established projects may have few if any, steps to complete.

4) Complete a design award request form or a project plan (for Enhancement or Start Up grants). Forms and assistance will be available as part of Step 3.

5) Request an invitation to apply. (Complete the previous steps and contact us to request an invitation to apply. If your project meets current funding priorities and criteria, you will be invited to apply.)

6) Submit a project plan for review (submission does not guarantee funding).