For over 35 years, the Evening Garden Club has supported the expansion of gardening, education and beautification in the Corvallis community through its Grants Program. The EGC offers grants to Benton County nonprofit organizations to carry out worthy garden related projects.

Recent EGC grants awarded

Ashbrook 1st graders made bird houses and painted them. They learned the importance of birds to gardens
Ashbrook 2-4th graders learned about the lifecycle of worms and how worms create soil that is beneficial to gardens.
The Philomath Elem School children created ceramic planters with native plants to learn how natives can be beautiful and beneficial.
Life Skills students at Philomath Middle School used funds to purchase gardening supplies.
Bessie Coleman Elem. School used EGC funds for landscaping and garden supplies
Philomath Montessori School created a blueberry patch with funds granted by EGC.
Volunteers refreshed Lupe’s Community Garden with the soil amendments provided by EGC.
DevNW/Thriving Community Program used funds to purchase compost and tools for use in sponsored community gardens
In 2022, the EGC grant to DevNW supported the Lancaster Bridge Community Gardens in Northeast Corvallis.
fruit tree pruning
EGC gave Philomath Montessori a grant to prune fruit trees to keep them within picking range for little hands.

2024 Grants Program is in progress.

The Grant Program will be announced on February 1

Timeline for 2024 Grant Program:

  • February 15- March 15: Grant applications submissions begin
  • March 15 – Application submissions end by 5:00 p.m.
  • March 16 – March 30: Review and selection of projects
  • April 1 – Evening Garden Club approves recommendations
  • April 2 – April 15: Notification to grant recipients; funding issued (by mail)
  • December 20: Progress reports due from Grant Recipients

Selection Criteria:

Applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline.  Strong grant applications are expected to address one or more of EGC’s objectives:

  • To promote and encourage the art of gardening and the study of horticulture.
  • To aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources.
  • To promote civic and roadside beautification.
  • To cooperate with other organizations interested in these objectives.

Additional evaluation criteria:

  • Does the project include an educational component? 
  • Is the goal of the project well-researched and achievable?
  • What is the estimated number of people reached by the project?
  • Who are the people involved in or benefiting from the project  (i.e., youth, underserved populations, people who currently have  limited access to gardens)?
  • Is there hands-on involvement of community members?

Requirements and limitations:

  • Funds are available to non-profit groups only. Tax Exempt Status Number/Tax ID Number is required.
  • Checks will not be made out to personal accounts.
  • The project must benefit the Benton County community.
  • The organization must follow up with brief written documentation and pictures to share how the grant was spent in order to be considered for future grant requests.
  • Grant requests cannot exceed $500.  Each year, based on the number of applications received, some of the requests may only be partially funded.
  • EGC cannot fund requests for individuals, to reimburse funds already expended, or programs outside Benton County, Oregon. 

How to apply:

Deadline for receipt of the EGC Grant applications: March 15, 2024

Applications arriving after that date will not be considered for the 2024 program.

Applications can be submitted by one of these methods:

  • Email (preferred): download the application form here: (MS Word document, PDF, or Google document), then complete the form and send it to as an attachment
  • Or complete the online form below
  • Or Mail – Download and print form here: (MS Word document, PDF, or Google document) and mail to: Evening Garden Club, P.O. Box 315, Corvallis, OR 97339-0315. If the application is mailed, it should arrive before the deadline.

Scholarship Program

The Evening Garden Club also contributes to a scholarship provided by the Oregon Federation of Garden Clubs. Through the OFGC, an Oregon State University sophomore or upper division student majoring in production or landscape horticulture may receive the Claire Hanley Scholarship. (See your OSU advisor for more information.)