Funding from community grants comes from plant sale profits that exceed the amount of those funds budgeted for the operation of the garden club for the current year. Additional money can be added to this fund by a vote of the board. Established in 1998, the Special Projects Fund, (name changed to Community Projects), is intended to provide financial support for community service projects recommended by the community projects committee.
All applicants requesting fund from the club are required to use the designated form "SCGC Application for Funding". These forms will be accepted from January 1 through April 30, 2017. Beginning 2018, the grants must be submitted by February 1.
Community Grant Recipients for 2016-2017 are:
The nonprofit organizations receiving grant money:
Enos Park Neighborhood Association
Illinois Executive Mansion Association — Harry Lewis
The Boys and Girls Club
The Lincoln Home
A total of $4,600 has been distributed by the club to the winning participants.