Program Description

National Garden Club, Inc.’s sponsorship with The Ames Companies, Inc. began in 2014. The Ames Companies, the largest manufacturer of garden tools in the U.S., has generously agreed to extend its in-kind grant program for 2020. This year’s list of tools that may be requested includes a group of tools sized for children and a group of lighter weight and mid-sized tools (indicated as floral tools) which may be helpful for use in garden therapy projects. Most of these tools were introduced into the program in 2018.

Ames has set aside $4,500 (retail value) in garden tools available for local community gardening projects during the 2020 calendar year. NGC local member clubs are eligible to apply for a grant of Ames tools for gardening projects performed or supported by the club which are scheduled to be carried out March 1 - September 30, 2020. Projects may be a joint venture with another organization, however the garden club applying must be a member of NGC. Awarded tools will be shipped to the successful applicants about two weeks following their notification as grant recipients.

Application Process and Guidelines

NGC local member clubs may apply for this in-kind grant using the Application and the Ames Tool Selection List. All grant applications must be received by the NGC Grant Manager, Flossie Narducci, on or before March 1, 2020 via email to Any questions may also be directed to Flossie at the same email address. The application form includes contact information of individuals who may be interviewed by NGC or Ames about their project, how specific tools are going to be used or were used, and to obtain related helpful gardening tips. Any club may apply for tools with a total retail value of no more than $250.

Submitting an Ames Application
please attach the following completed forms:

Additional information and forms will be required of grant winners (see below).


All successful applicants must deliver a completed Final Report no later than 45 days after project completion. Please include the following.

  • A short, 1-page report describing the project, including any special tips about how the Ames tools were used.
  • Brief final financial report showing sources and uses of funds
  • Copies of any project publicity generated by the applicant
  • AMES Companies Confirmation of Charitable Goods Receipt
  • Photos, which must include:
    • The tools received from Ames being used,
    • Before and after photos of the area planted,
    • The garden in bloom, if appropriate, and
    • Names and Release forms (permission to use photos) of individuals in photos; both the NGC Photo Release and the Ames Photo Release forms are required.

Grant Criteria

For selection of the Ames Tool Grant, consideration will be given to the following:

  • Value of the project to the community
  • Level of club member participation
  • Need and planned usage of the tools requested
  • Uniqueness of the project

AMES Tools Information

To learn more about The Ames Companies, Inc. product lines, please visit their website at, and like them on Facebook at:

An NGC local member club applying for an Ames grant may also apply for an Espoma in-kind grant and/or a Plant America grant. For details regarding these grant programs, please use the NGC website icon Projects and then select Grants, where descriptions and forms for each grant program may be found.

For more information, contact
Flossie Narducci at, Grant Manager: AMES Garden Tools Project

Summary of Forms Required

For Applicants:

For Winners: