2022 Grants Challenge

GIG (Gardens Inspiring Grace) Actions

The GIG project utilizes project based community service learning to combat climate change, eliminate food deserts and support mental, physical, emotional and economic health of underserved, underfunded and underrepresented communities. Building urban garden communities that including technologies and trainings will impact career, character and community developments.


Please list the organizations collaborating on this proposal.

Menformation Project YouthBuild Charter Schools of California Angel City Urban Farms PyraPod

What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Youth Economic Advancement (sponsored by Funding Partner, TBA)

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA

West LA

South Bay

Antelope Valley

Other:: YouthBuild Charter Schools of California

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

We understand the transatlantic slave trade birthed a plantation economy fueled by realities of history that require truth and reconciliation for the health of physical spaces and those that inhabit them. These realities of history including peonage, redlining, broken window policies and a school to prison pipeline protected by a military industrial complex. We also understand that love and care expressed through social conscious action has healed wounds and continue to guard against abuse. From victory gardens to art movements, communication and creative engagement that centers healing have a track record of success that GIG Actions looks to build upon.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

GIG Action will host trainings in community gardens for the development of multiple business ventures. As well as the urban agriculture trade, GIG actions will support development of Early Childhood Education Centers and Arts, Athletics & Culture Enterprises through activities at multiple gardens throughout Southern California.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

From healthier bodies thinking healthier thoughts including powerful self efficacy and positive esteem of other Los Angeles will see healthier relationships creating healthier communities. Eradicating hunger will decrease anger as eliminating loneliness will lift tired hearts. Los Angeles will see, hear, and feel how hearing and being heard can heal our hearts and then humanity.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

We have and will continue to measure the impact through qualitative survey of participants and communities they impact as well as using quantitative data to see improvements in health, crime, and employment rates.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 100

Indirect Impact: 1,000

Describe the specific role of the partner organization(s) in the project, program, or initiative.

PyraPod provides open source growing technology Angel City Urban Farms provides gardening expertise Menformation and YCSC provides youth for career training