2020 Grant Winners have been announced!
National Garden Club, Inc.’s grant program with The Ames Companies, Inc. began in 2014 and has continued through 2020. The Ames Companies, the largest manufacturer of garden tools in the U.S., includes tools in its in-kind grant program from a group of tools sized for children and a group of lighter weight and mid-sized tools which may be helpful for use in garden therapy projects. Most of these specialized tools were added to the list of standard gardening tools in 2018.
Ames sets aside garden tools, usually of a retail value of $4,500, available for local community gardening projects. NGC local member clubs are eligible to apply for a grant of Ames tools for gardening projects performed or supported by the club which are scheduled to be carried out March 1 through September 30 each year. Projects may be a joint venture with another organization, however the garden club applying must be a member of NGC. The application deadline is in the first quarter of the year, generally in March. Awarded tools are shipped to the successful applicants about two weeks following their notification as grant recipients.
NGC local member clubs may apply for this in-kind grant, generally during the first quarter of each year, by sending an application and tool selection list to the NGC Ames Tool NGC Grant Manage of the Ames Tool Project by the deadline (generally March 1 each year). The application form includes contact information of individuals who may be interviewed by NGC or Ames about their project, how specific tools are going to be used or were used, and to obtain related helpful gardening tips. Any club may apply for tools with a total retail value of no more than $250.Grants
All successful applicants must deliver a completed Final Report no later than 45 days after project completion. Please include the following:
- A short, 1-page report describing the project, including any special tips about how the Ames tools were used
- Brief final financial report showing sources and uses of funds
- Copies of any project publicity generated by the applicant
- AMES Companies Confirmation of Charitable Goods Receipt
- Photos, which must include:
For selection of the Ames Tool Grant, consideration will be given to the following:
- Value of the project to the community
- Level of club member participation
- Need and planned usage of the tools requested
- Uniqueness of the project
An NGC local member club applying for an Ames grant may also apply for an Espoma in-kind grant and/or a Plant America grant. For details about all grants available, click here.details about all grants available,
For more information, contact the NGC Grant Manager: AMES Garden Tools Project, Flossie Narducci.
Forms For Applicants:
The Application Form and Tool Selection List are no longer available for 2020.
Forms for Winners: