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Community Garden Subsidies Available – Up to TWD 200,000!

* The Community Garden Promotion Subsidy Program of the Taipei City Government’s Department of Economic Development (DOED) is marking its fourth year of successful operations as more and more Taipei communities take up urban farming!

The subsidy program subsidizes everything it takes to get new community gardens off the ground: from gardening materials (soil, vegetable seedlings, tools, accessories, pots, rainwater recycling, etc.) to instructor fees. A simplified subsidy application process also allows applicants to easier utilize the subsidies flexibly.

The application period for this subsidy runs from April 25 to May 27, 2019. The subsidy budget is expected to support 10 new gardens, 15 advanced gardens, and 10 simple maintenance gardens. The maximum subsidy for each type of garden is TWD 200,000, TWD 100,000, and TWD 50,000 respectively. Not-for-profit entities such as community development associations and apartment building management committees are welcome to apply for subsidies to support projects like landscaping, horticulture, agricultural promotion, community construction, social welfare, horticultural healing, ecological promotion, and other similar programs. The DOED Community Garden Support Team is happy to assist subsidized community gardens with advice on issues they may have with their ongoing gardening projects.

DOED will hold two information sessions on May 3 to explain the application process and the available support. The morning session will be held at 9:30 am at the Community Garden Promotion Center located in the Taipei Expo Park. To get there, from Yuanshan MRT Station Exit 1 walk toward the 2F Zhongshan Parent-Child Center (Address: No. 1 Yumen Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei). The afternoon session on the same day will be held at 2:30 pm at the 3F Media Briefing Room of the Taipei City Hakka Cultural Park (Address: No. 2, Sec. 3, Tingzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei). The information sessions are open to all citizens taking an interest in Taipei Farm City, community gardens, community construction, and environmental upgrading. They are free of charge, as well. Sign-up is not required. Simply show up!

For further detail on community gardening subsidies, please visit DOED’s webpage and the Community Garden Promotion Center’s Facebook fan page. For further detail on the DOED, please visit the agency’s Facebook fan page “臺北市產業局-台北饗樂趣.”