Community gardens offer people of all ages and backgrounds a place to come together to socialise, be active and share the enjoyable experience of growing edible produce.

Participants also benefit from developing new skills and forming stronger community connections.

The Department of Communities provides grants of up to $10,000 to support Western Australian community garden projects and the latest round of grants has now opened.

Successful grant applications support the establishment and development of community gardens that encourage community participation, connecting with the environment, and opportunities for people to develop skills and give back to their community.

Previous successful applicants have included Kwinana Community Share's Food Forest project which was funded to create a fruit forest of native trees, as well as native and introduced food plants.

The Gnarojin Community Garden Dual-Use Pathway Project was funded to provide better access for people with disability.

Organisations can request up to $10,000 per project for a range of support, from garden planning and design to equipment, training and more.

To find out more, visit grants or email grants@communities.wa.gov.au.

Applications close 4pm, Thursday 4 October 2018.

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