Community Garden Club of Camas Washougal’s Grant Program:

Purpose of Grants:  Promote knowledge and love of gardening as well as to encourage responsible stewardship of the environment among students. Innovative projects involving gardening, horticulture, agronomy, entomology, environmental sciences, life sciences and earth sciences will be considered. Project goals will be defined and measurable.

Who Can Apply?  ALL teachers and staff employed directly by the Camas and Washougal school districts from Pre-K through 12th grades.

The 2017-2018 school year application period is now open.  Grant request forms have been distributed to the Camas and Washougal school districts. Completed forms should be submitted by applicants to the Garden Club so they are received by October 30, 2017.  Award winners will be notified by November 28, 2017.

Need Help?  Have more questions?  The CGCofCW will work with applicants to answer questions. Contact us via email at

2016-2017 Grant Recipients:

The 2016-2017 programs involve students’ in planting, growing, watering and, in some cases, eating from their school gardens.

  • Geri Rubano, Para Supervisor, Helen Baller Elementary, Camas.   “Rain Water Collection System for School Gardens” will add rain barrels to collect water from the school buildings to be used to water portions of the student’s existing gardens at the school.
  • Lisa Young, Early childhood development coordinator for Washougal District.  Adding to the existing garden beds at three pre-schools in the Washougal school district, “Expanding Our Preschool Gardens” will enhance the existing student gardens.  The “Botanical Gardens for SPACE” will develop a botanical garden for the students who attend the before and after school day care area. Both programs will be part of the “plant/grow/eat” program already established in 2015-2016 year.

Below is a close up picture of the rain barrels installed at Helen Baller Elmentary in Spring of 2017.


Past Grant Recipients – 2015/2016:

These projects were awarded Grants for 2015/2016 school year:

  • Gayle Cooper,  teacher at Skyridge Middle School.  The “Native Plant Garden” will be amended with additional native plants (and compost and gravel) as part of the living garden used for the Lewis & Clark curriculum.
  • Sarah Logan, Librarian at Dorothy Fox Elementary.  The “Library Gardening Collection” will grow with the purchase of new book series about gardening and food production.
  • Julie Della Valle, teacher at Grass Valley Elementary.  The “Outdoor Classroom Lawn” area will be planted with a special “no mow”,  extra-tough lawn seed able to handle foot traffic as children observe and learn about insects and plants in the surrounding garden area.
  • Lisa Young, Early childhood development coordinator for Washougal District.  “Our Preschool Gardens” project will provide raised garden beds with  individual plots for each 3-5 year old.  Garden beds will be built at each of the district’s pre-schools to help teach children the “Plant, Grow, Eat” cycle. Lumber, soil and kid-sized hand tools will be purchased with the grant money.  Labor and additional supplies will be provided by older students, teachers, school staff and other groups.