Policy Summary

Creates grant program for nonprofits for use to create school or community gardens for the benefit of children or seniors; lists criteria for receiving a grant and states what the program funds can be used for; program requires a matching fund.

Background Information

State Tennessee
Jurisdiction Name Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Jurisdiction Type Other, .
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
  • Creates an incentive for a change
Reach Limited scope
Because it creates a voluntary program.
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

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We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Children and/or senior citizens with an emphasis on eliminating food deserts. § 2.224.010

Health-related goal?

Mentions childhood obesity, contributing to healthy lifestyles/eating, eliminating food deserts. § 2.224.030 (B).

Environmental goal?

Mentions sustainable food sources. § 2.224.030 (B)

Economic goal?

Provides funds to nonprofits. (§ 2.224.030(A))

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

There is established the metropolitan government community garden grant program (hereinafter "the program") for the purpose of making matching grants to eligible nonprofit organizations that develop, operate, and/or maintain gardens within the area of the metropolitan government for the use and benefit of the community and/or schools. § 2.224.010.

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

Parks and recreation department to review grant applications, and can implement regulations; provides direction about what the grant applications should contain; council must approve all grants. Parks director must report to director of finance and council annually. § 2.224.020, 040, 050.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

To provide grants.

Code context and ordinance history

Title 2 (Administration), Div. VI (other programs and policies); chapter 2.224 (Community Garden Programs). History: (Ord. BL2014-846 , 2014; Ord. BL2013-498, 2013).


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