Practice Project

Development Process

Step One:

A Member group creates a unique purpose and aim statement for their project. The Leadership Garden Guidebook lesson and exercise 5 will assist you. It is recommended you use the Guidebook as your tool to help you create and design your project.

The projects are intended to:

  • empower choice and responsibility
  • develop new experiences, actions, and results that help uproot the causes of many social and environmental issues
  • engage your group in practicing the eight principles and practices of thriving leadership

Step Two:

Begin the project development process with a possibility statement.

What would be possible if . . . .

For example:

  • What would be possible if these leader-friendly gardening practices were used daily to create thriving environments in homes, work places, or classrooms?
  • What harmful behaviors would need to be weeded personally and in those around you?
  • What difference would these practices make in addressing the root cause of social and environmental concerns?

Goals and objectives should be stated for the project in a thriving context. See examples below:

  • Inclusion Projects – Be nonjudgmental
    • Projects that promote unity in your group or among diverse populations
    • For example – may address racism, hate crimes, phobias, and bigotry
  • Safe and Healthy Community Projects – Do not enable
    • Projects that create positive and proactive safe and healthy engagement
    • For example – may address highway safety issues, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use (ATOD), eating disorders, childhood obesity, and teen pregnancy
  • Compassion Projects – Use empathy
    • Projects that promote compassionate listening and communication skills
    • For example – may address relationship issues, suicide, isolation, and conflict resolution
  • Kindness Projects – Prune gossip
    • Projects that promote kindness or other various activities that foster caring and being in service of others
    • For example – may address apathy, narcissism, isolation, and disconnection
  • Accountability Projects – Eliminate blame
    • Projects that promote personal responsibility, stewardship of the environment, and caring for nature.
    • For example – may address crimes against property and others
  • Healing Projects – Eradicate Victimization
    • Projects that promote healing and positive engagement among people harmed by others or circumstances.
    • For example – may address bullying, violence, abuse, etc.

Choosing to thrive and to be responsible to develop and engage your unique individual and group leadership talents and gifts, does make a difference. This approach engages critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. It employs the four leader behaviors: visualize, organize, harmonize, and energize with a purpose and aim to make a difference, rather than relying alone upon the reduction of a problem model.

Grant Criteria

Awards will be based upon:

  • innovation and creativity
  • efficient use of funds
  • outreach (# of members involved and size of the audience reach)
  • positive impact on the members and audience


You are not required to provide statistical evidence that your project prevents or reduces a problem. You are required to capture your personal and group experience, the actions you took, and the results you achieved in the form of a "Practice Project Impact Story" final report.

For example:

  • What did you learn from this process?
  • What new skills did you gain as a group and individual?
  • What difference did you make in the lives of others with your Project?
  • How do you know?

Additionally, grantees agree to allow their Impact Stories to be used for promotional purposes in printed, and electronic form, and to be posted on the Cultivation Grants Showcase section of this website, without further remuneration. Funded and completed Projects will be placed in the Nomination Pool for the Leadership Garden Greatness Awards that begin in 2012. For further information and requirements, download the application. You may also download a summary of the grant information contained in this website.

Grant funds may not be used for:

  • Leadership Garden Registry membership fees
  • Leadership Garden Enterprises, LLC and its divisions; Leader Garden Press and Leadership Garden Services: product and material purchases, training, coaching, or speaking fees
  • Grants to private foundations and corporate soles
  • Any pre-existing pledge, dues, membership fees, benefit tickets, goods bought at charitable auctions or for any private benefit
  • Lobbying, political contributions, or to support political campaign activities

Grants are made on checks bearing the name of: ImpactAssets, accompanied by a letter from the Calvert Foundation recognizing the Leadership Garden® Fund.