Lots of Compassion

We are thrilled to share that we have partnered with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day to offer a new grant program!

Together, we’re announcing the new Lots of Compassion grant program, designed to support local leaders looking to transform vacant lots into gardens to help grow compassion in their community.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and KidsGardening share a belief that the garden has the power to do more than grow flowers and herbs, it can grow people, communities, and even kindness, too. The Lots of Compassion Grant is open until June 2, 2023.

Programs can apply in English or Spanish! To view this grant opportunity in English, visit our English Lots of Compassion Grant landing page.

Programas pueden aplicar en Inglés or Español! Para ver esta oportunidad de subvención en Español, visite nuestra página web en Español.

About the Lots of Compassion Grant

In August, up to ten grantees will receive $20,000 each to transform a vacant lot into a garden. The program will continue for five years—with $200,000 awarded to programs each year. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day’s investment in Lots of Compassion will total over one million dollars.

About 15% of land in urban cities is deemed vacant or abandoned, which can lead to many negative outcomes for surrounding neighborhoods, including decreases in physical & mental health and diminished feelings of safety & security.[1]

Lots of Compassion aims to provide resources to those seeking to transform vacant lots in their neighborhood into gardens for community growth.

Nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, groups, religious organizations, or other tax-exempt organizations in the United States and US Territories are eligible to apply. Applicants must use the funds to build a garden in a vacant lot.

We look forward to funding up to ten programs through the 2023 Lots of Compassion Grant! Apply by June 2, 2023, to be considered.

[1]  AO Bowman, MA Pagano Terra Incognita: Vacant Land and Urban Strategies (Georgetown Univ Press, Washington, DC, 2010).

 C Nickerson, R Ebel, A Borchers, F Carriazo, Major uses of land in the United States, 2007 (USDA Economic Research Service, Washington, DC), EIB-89. (2011).