Menlo Park Electric Garden Program

Electric Garden Voucher Program for the eligible residents and businesses in Menlo Park

The Electric Garden Voucher Program is currently closed. 


The City of Menlo Park is excited to introduce the Electric Garden Voucher Program!

With a new city regulation set to prohibit gas-powered leaf blowers and string trimmers starting July 1, 2024, Menlo Park is taking proactive measures to support its community by offering financial assistance to ease the transition to electric gardening tools. Eligible residents and non-gardening businesses can receive vouchers of up to $250, while gardening businesses may qualify for up to $1,000. These vouchers are redeemable towards the purchase of electric garden equipment, including leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, lawnmowers, and more.

Acterra is proud to be working with the city to distribute the vouchers. Funding for this program comes from the City of Menlo Park.

About the Program

Empowering Sustainable Gardening with the Electric Garden Voucher Program

The Menlo Park 2030 Climate Action Plan sets out a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, aiming to shield the community from the urgent dangers of climate change, such as rising sea levels and floods. A significant source of carbon emissions within households is the utilization of gas-powered equipment for gardening and landscaping tasks. Transitioning to electric tools eliminates emissions, pollution, and has a positive impact on health.

While it’s feasible to switch to electric alternatives, this shift might present financial obstacles for residents with lower and moderate incomes. Given the impending City legislation that will likely ban the use of gas-powered gardening equipment, transitioning to electric options becomes even more essential. In response, the City is implementing an Electric Garden Voucher Program to help alleviate some of the financial strain, enabling Menlo Park residents and businesses to purchase electric garden equipment.

Electric tools not only reduce carbon emissions but also offer benefits such as quieter operation, lower maintenance costs, and increased efficiency, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community. Moreover, people do not waste money on gasoline, and electricity is often cheaper in the long run, further incentivizing the switch to electric equipment.

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Eligible residents of Menlo park

Electric Garden Voucher Program for Eligible Residents of Menlo Park

The Program will provide vouchers to qualifying residents of Menlo Park for the purchase of electric garden equipment from eligible dealers and manufacturers, which are listed here. The amounts of the voucher vary depending on the eligibility of the applicant: an individual resident or non-gardening business would receive a voucher amount up to $250.

In order to be eligible to receive a voucher, you must demonstrate proof of residence in Menlo Park AND fulfill at least one of the following criteria:

Enrolled in government or utility financial assistance programs

such as but not limited to the following, CALWorks, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), PG&E Care Program, Menlo Park utility discount program.

 

Located in a Menlo Park neighborhood that is disproportionally burdened 

by multiple sources of pollution with a score above 60 according to the California Office of the Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (e.g., Belle Haven and parts of Suburban Park).


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Menlo Park Residents over the age of 65.

Eligible Businesses of Menlo park

Electric Garden Voucher Program for Eligible Businesses of Menlo Park

The program offers qualifying Menlo Park businesses vouchers for the purchase of electric landscaping equipment such as leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, string trimmers, chainsaws, or walk-behind lawnmowers. The voucher amounts vary based on eligibility, with gardening businesses eligible for up to $1,000 while non-gardening businesses may qualify for up to $250 in vouchers.

In order to be eligible to receive a voucher, you must: 

Demonstrate a current and valid business license in Menlo Park.

 

 

If you are a gardening or landscaping business that is not located in Menlo Park but does work in Menlo Park, you must provide an invoice or contract demonstrating this.

For businesses that do not perform gardening or landscaping services, you qualify for a voucher, but you must be located in Menlo Park.

Step by Step Guide 

E-Garden Voucher Program Step By Step Guide


2. Complete the online application, uploading all necessary documentation

3. If approved, you will receive your voucher code via the email provided in your application

4. Go to Gardenland in Campbell or CAHassett Ace Hardware in Redwood City or Palo Alto to purchase your new electric gardening equipment!

5. Fill out the post-application survey in your inbox

6. Enjoy your new and eco-friendly electric gardening tools

Participating Stores

Authorized Retailers for Purchasing Your Electric Gardening Tools

To make purchases, you must shop from a participating merchant. Below, you can find the list of all eligible stores. Please note that a single merchant may not stock every type of eligible equipment; refer to their inventory for specifics. For further details, feel free to contact the merchant directly or visit their website through the provided link below.

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CA Hasset Ace Hardware in Redwood City: 
Woodside Plaza – Next to Lucky’s Redwood City, CA 94061
CA Hasset Ace Hardware in Palo Alto: 
875 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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GardenLand store in Campbell: 
196 Curtner Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Frequently Asked Questions

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The application will open on Monday, April 1st. The program will run until funds are depleted. Voucher awardees must use their vouchers by May 31st.

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Contact Us!

If you have any questions or need additional assistance please contact us at e-gardening@acterra.org or call us at (408)-409-4256

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