Small Grants. Big Impact.
Each year West Seattle Garden Tour, a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks out other non-profits whose goals fit our mission—to promote horticultural-based interests, educational projects, and arts programs—within West Seattle and neighboring communities. This year West Seattle Garden Tour has set its sights on raising $25,000 for six local projects. Your purchase of garden tour and raffle tickets, along with the generous support of our sponsors, will make that goal possible.
If you are interested in requesting a grant from the West Seattle Garden Tour, please note the change in policy and timeline. Application forms will be available on request through our Beneficiary Chair, Vivian Mizuta, beginning April 1st. We will be accepting only 8-10 completed grant applications, on a first-come, first-served basis beginning August 1st. Those applicants will be invited to present their organization's project at a committee meeting beginning in the fall. These limited application slots will fill quickly, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you can. Non-profits who receive a grant from the garden tour will not be eligible to apply the following year, to allow more organizations to compete for funds.
If you would like to make a donation so that we may provide even more funds to worthy non-profits, please do! Your donation is tax-deductible, and incredibly appreciated.
The Gatewood Elementary PTA serves a diverse West Seattle school with more than 400 students. The playground renovation project aims to provide a richer, more usable play environment as well as more durable surfaces for ball play and all-weather areas for walking, running and biking. Additionally, an ADA-accessible path and play area will make for a more inclusive recreation experience for all, and natural areas provide much-needed shade, respite and nature-based exploration. The school garden, cared for by students under the guidance of a lead teacher, is used by teachers for science lessons, afterschool clubs, the on-site preschool and service-learning projects.
West Seattle Garden Tour will fund an outdoor classroom seating area with shade trees, shrubs, flowers and other landscaping to complete the landscape plan.
Learn more at gatewoodplayfield.org.
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery produces artistic events that provoke conversation, incite the imagination and use live theater as a powerful agent of change. Located in the heart of West Seattle, ArtsWest is a destination for artistic events including plays, musicals, education programs and gallery exhibits. Working with top artists in the field to produce high-quality contemporary and classic work, ArtsWest brings new perspectives and experiences to a wide community. West Seattle Garden Tour continues to support regular education programs like First Look and StageNotes, and has stepped up to support emerging education programming, such as Crossroads.
West Seattle Garden Tour was originally founded in 1995 to fund ArtsWest. As the tour has evolved over the years to support a variety of community organizations promoting horticulture, education and the arts, ArtsWest remains as the tour’s legacy beneficiary.
Learn more at artswest.org.
Seattle has one of the most extensive networks of urban fruit trees in the country. City Fruit puts these trees to their best and fullest use so that everyone in our community shares in the value of fruit. The Harvest program is their keystone program - each year, they harvest tens of thousands of pounds of fruit, sharing the vast majority of it with more than 50 food banks and community partners, across the city.
As West Seattle represents one of their strongest neighborhoods, this grant presents an exciting opportunity to launch a prototype of their new programs – Community Harvest – to deepen community engagement, expand service opportunities, and increase educational opportunities for West Seattle neighbors!
Learn more at cityfruit.org.
The West Seattle Bee Garden (WSBG) serves as a space where all visitors are welcome to come visit the bees, learn about the role of pollinators in the health of plants and our food supply, and enjoy the surrounding pollination garden, P-Patch, adjacent park and playground. The WSBG resides in the High Point neighborhood and is part of the High Point Commons P-Patch--where a significant number of residents and P-Patch gardeners are refugees from Somalia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
This year, West Seattle Garden Tour’s funding will help maintain the WSBG enclosure and surrounding pollination garden, continue their educational programming, and provide pollinator curriculum and educational kits to educators and schools throughout Seattle.
Learn more at westseattlebeegarden.com.
The Fauntleroy Watershed Council works to restore Fauntleroy Creek, Fauntleroy Park and the nearshore habitat in Fauntleroy Cove in West Seattle. It initiates and monitors restoration and stewardship projects and educates the community about best environmental practices. A six-year, grant-funded restoration of the Kilbourne ravine has been improving water quality in the middle reach of the creek, reclaiming wildlife habitat, and stopping the spread of invasive plant species into the neighborhood.
West Seattle Garden Tour funds will provide for a new native plant pocket park with an interpretive sign at the public vantage point into the ravine. Nature-oriented students at Taproot School will engaged in the project. In addition, funding will help continue maintenance of the native plantings in the ravine after the restoration grant ends in Dec. 2019.
Learn more at fauntleroywatershed.org.
The Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS) is an all-volunteer organization that provides a home-scale model and venue to demonstrate sustainable and organic food growing methods along with permaculture principles. The Orchard occupies green space at the north end of the South Seattle College campus. They welcome the community to visit their 1/8 acre site, planted thickly with 45 fruit trees and an espaliered garden with 35 apple varieties.
West Seattle Garden Tour funding will provide for the design and construction of a new central, safe and accessible main entry area into the Orchard. Students and faculty of the South Seattle College welding and horticulture departments will lend their labor and expertise.
Learn more at fruitinwestseattle.org.