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Giving Program

At Open Gardens Victoria we are extremely proud of our Giving Program which benefits charities and organisations that have a connection with horticultural activities. Last financial year we were pleased to award $40,000 from funds generated from ticket sales to our garden openings, events and from Friends’ subscriptions.

Our 2023 Giving Program recipients and their projects are:

  1. Advance College in Rosebud will build a garden so students can regularly interact positively with nature on the school grounds.
  2. Cultivating Community will use their funds for a series of seasonal workshops this year with the Victorian College for the Deaf.
  3. The University of Melbourne will be building a Woody Meadow on the Campus.
  4. Farmer Incubator will run a series of educational workshops at the market garden site, yet to be established at Bundoora. 

We have also allocated funding for bushfire recovery projects and The Lakes Entrance Garden Club will receive the first of these funding allocations. Find out more about these exciting projects here.

OGV grant applications are now closed for 2023. If you have a project in mind that falls within one of our giving arms (Education, Wellness, Innovation, Community, and Sustainability), require funding, and meet our stated criteria, up to $10K can be applied for.

* Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Open Gardens Victoria MIFGS Student Design Competition 2024

New Sarah pic and bananas

We are thrilled to announce that Sarah McLauchlan is the winner of the Open Gardens Victoria MIFGS Student Design Competition. Sarah, who studied at The London College of Garden Design in Melbourne, will be provided with up to $10,000 to design and install her Living Pantry garden at our stand at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS), 20 to 24 March 2024. Read more about Sarah here.