School & Community Garden Grants
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Grant Application Advice: Native Plant Gardens for Schools and Urban Areas

Betsey Landis © 2009.  Landis shares how to avoid basic pitfalls of the grant      application process, especially grants with very specialized requirements for    funding.  Great advice for any garden project seeking funding.

Great American Gardeners Award 
The American Horticultural recognizes individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to American horticulture.

2013 Youth Garden Grant 
For six years, The Home Depot Garden Club has provided over $400,000 in support to youth garden programs across the country through the Youth Garden Grant. One hundred outstanding applicants will receive gift cards to the Home Depot along with NGA curriculum. Five winners will receive a $1,000 award that includes a $500 gift certificate to the Home Depot, a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog, and an NGA curriculum package. All non-profit youth garden programs are eligible to apply.

American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Program 
The American Academy of Dermatology's (Academy) shade structure grant program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces.

American Honda Foundation 

Funding for youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

America the Beautiful Operation Green Plant 
This program helps grow food for the hungry and beautify roadways, parks, and neighborhoods in 20,000 communities across the country. The program is now inviting applicants to request vegetable seeds, flower seeds, and/or herb seeds to help beautify their own communities. To apply, applicants must write a short letter describing their project and fill out the application form.

Annie's Grants for Gardens 
We offer a limited number of small grants to community gardens, school gardens and other educational programs that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.If you would like to apply, please read our complete guidelines and fill out an online application.

Arizona School Garden Grant - Western Growers Foundation 
Each school chosen to participate will receive $1,250 to purchase garden and teacher supplies to create a school garden on their campus to be used for nutrition education. The schools will also recieve their choice of a raised bed kit, or a portable container parden kit.

Best Buy Community Grants 
Best Buy teams across the U.S.  select non-profit organizations that provide positive experiences to help teens to excel in school and develop life and leadership skills. Non-profits located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Regional Distribution Center may apply. Grants will average $4,000-$6,000 and will not exceed $10,000.

Bing's Our School Needs Contest
Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, is having a contest and wants to know what your school needs. The contest is a fun, interactive campaign designed to encourage students, teachers and administrators to come together for a united cause: improving schools. Bing will award a $250,000, divided among four schools - $50,000 to three first prize winners and one $100,000 grand prize winner.

Brita Filter For Good Eco Challenge
Enter to win one of fifty $1,000 grants to make your school more sustainable. From kindergarten to college, students, teachers and schools are discovering new ways to make our planet more sustainable. From turning the energy created from a simple workout into electricity to power a campus building or creating a campus guide to finding organic and local foods, opportunities to create a greener school and community are limitless.

Schools, youth groups, community centers, public garden organizations, and others interested in supporting urban youth garden installations in the U.S. are eligible to apply for a 2012 'I Can Grow' Youth Garden Award from Burpee Home Gardens. 

Cabot Creamery Healthy Living Grants 
Cabot will provide matching funds of up to $200 for any qualifying program. Cabot created the matching grant process to encourage schools to reach out to their own local businesses, cooperatives, parent clubs and others. Doing this supports sustainability for the initiative, provides awareness about a school's new healthy living idea and encourages participation by community members.

Teachers interested in starting or expanding a school garden are invited to apply for one of 24 CFF School Garden Grants of $1,200 plus educational materials.

California Native Garden Foundation 
Each year CNGF makes grants to K-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education. Types of support include garden design services, in-kind donations of plants and landscape materials, volunteer assistance, and direct financial assistance. Grant amounts are limited to $1,000 for in-kind assisistance, $500 in direct cash assistance, and $5,000 for design services. Grants are reviewed by the CNGF board. A typical grant cycle is about 5 months.

Captain Planet Foundation 
The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) annually funds projects involving children and young adults. Recipients of these awards are often schools and non-profits that propose projects promoting understanding of environmental issues. These projects must include children and young adults (aged 6-18) and focus on hands-on involvement, interaction and cooperation within the group, development of planning and problem solving skills, and adult supervision. Generally, the monetary sum of awarded grants is between $250-2,500.

Chefs Move to Schools 
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) along with the School Nutrition Association (SNA) are leading a new coalition of top culinary, nutrition and school organizations to oversee the Chefs Move to Schools program. The program pairs chefs with interested schools in their communities to work with teachers, parents and school nutrition professionals to help educate kids about food and nutrition. The goal of the program is to promote chefs as the catalyst for creating a new nation of child food advocates and start turning the tide on unhealthy eating behaviors.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFP)          
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

Communities Take Root
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF and Dreyer's Fruit Bars are planting orchards across the country in a collaborative program called Communities Take Root (CTR). Through this exciting program, communities compete in a nation-wide vote to win a complete community orchard. Applications are now open for 2012. The first 100 qualified applicants will be in the running to win a free orchard, including orchard design, arborist expertise, and a fun community planting event. Orchard recipients also receive a free community workshop on planting, pruning and caring for fruit trees.

CVS Caremark Community Grants 
The CVS Caremark Community Grants program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities; programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; and public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play. Qualifying organizations are eligible for grants of up to $5,000.

Disney's Planet Challenge 
Teachers who submit a hands-on project request for up to $500 in materials focused on benefiting the environment (water conservation and watershed protection, recycling, composting, restoring/creating community gardens, etc.) are eligible to receive full funding if they complete three steps of registration on the Disney Planet Challenge website.

Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant 
The Herb Society of America will select 4 classrooms to receive a $200 Donald Samull Classroom Grant to establish an outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for soil, plant trays, containers, youth-sized tools, and more. Eligible recipients include teachers of grades 3-6 who have at least 15 students in their class.

Earth Savers Club Grants 
Youth-led school, community, and faith-based groups with an environmental focus can sign up to become a partner of Greening Forward's Earth Savers Club Program. (It is free to become a partner.) Partners are granted access to a number of resources, including mini grants ($100-500), social activism training, mentorships, and the Earth Saver Award.

Environmental Excellence Awards

EPA Environmental Education Grants 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting grant applications for $1.9 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens. EPA expects to award at least 20 grants nationwide ranging between $15,000 and $100,000. 

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb 
We’ll choose 11 recipients from this year’s applicants — 10 will receive $5,000 in cash and tools to help support their goals of neighborhood beautification and horticulture education, and one lucky applicant will receive a complete garden makeover! Apply now and help sow the seeds of community change!

Fruit Tree 101 ~ While Supplies Last
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Stretch Island Fruit Co. are giving fruit trees to K-12 parents who submit their children's school. Trees available for specific markets.

Fuel Up to Play 60 
Funding is available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.

Gardener's Supply Garden Crusader Awards 
Winners (no age limit) in the areas of garden education, feeding the hungry, urban renewal and restoration receive cash and supplies. 

Giving Through Growing in Community Gardens- 2012 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi/ACGA Grant program 
To support sustainable community gardening efforts, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi will assist American Community Gardening Association in recognizing established or developing community gardens with grants of up to $1,000. You or your organization must be a member of ACGA to apply for this award.

Green Prize in Public Education 
The National Environmental Education Foundation, with major support from the NEA Foundation and in partnership with EarthEcho International, will award $10,000 to a K-12 public school that has most successfully implemented an innovative, sustainable and replicable school-wide greening effort that has involved and benefitted its students. Two merit awards of $5,000 each will also be given to schools that demonstrate this kind of success.

Green Thumb Challenge 
Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $5,000 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

Green Your School Challeng
Do Something and HP are giving a banner and $5,000 prizes to K-12 schools that reduce their carbon footprint. In addition, $1,000 prizes will be awarded to the 5 schools with the most participants signed up. Those who sign up and refer 5 friends will also have the chance to win a $500 scholarship. Eligible schools must make concrete efforts to reduce their environmental impact during an 8-week competition. Winners will be chosen based on their school's energy saved, garbage reduced, number of people involved, and innovative quality of actions and ideas.

Golden Carrot Awards
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is seeking nominations for its Golden Carrot Awards for outstanding school food service professionals who have developed and implemented a healthful and successful school lunch program. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500 and a $3,500 check made out to her or his school or school district. Up to four additional awards will be given, with $500 going to the food service professional and $500 to benefit the school food service program.

Subaru Healthy Sprouts Grant Award
The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on teaching about nutrition, the environment and hunger issues. Through the program, students gain skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and a greater understanding of how their actions can positively impact their community.

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators 
The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant recognizes innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). It requires learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program 
The Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities; planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities; and development of community parks or green spaces. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

Illinois DNR Biodiversity Field Trip Grants 
Grants to take your students on a field trip to study some aspect of Illinois' natural or cultural biodiversity.

Illinois DNR Wildlife Habitat Action Grants 
Involve your students in hands-on natural resources stewardship

ING Unsung Heros Awards
Sponsored by ING Direct, the ING Unsung Heroes K-12 Education Awards will select 100 teachers (based on their creative, innovative classroom projects and unique educational programs) to receive $2,000. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

Intel Schools of Distinction Awards in Math and Science 
Every year, Intel honors U.S. schools demonstrating excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning environments. To be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put forth by national mathematics and science content standards.

Jamba Juice It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies! 
Jamba Juice and the National Gardening Association are pleased to offer the It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies grant program to provide schools with $500 in gardening supplies, curriculum, soil amendments and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. Observing and exploring fruit and vegetable production gives a deeper understanding and appreciation for these essential foods in our diet. Recipients will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education and more.

Katie's Krops Vegetable Garden Grant 
Grant to start vegetable gardens to feed people in need. Grantees will be awarded materials necessary to create a garden (up to $400), support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. Applications for all types of vegetable gardens will be considered such as a container garden for city residents or a school, church or neighborhood garden. Applicants must be between the ages of 9 and 16 (as of February 11, 2011).

Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Mini Grants 
KAEE is partnering with the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance to offer mini-grants of $5000 or less for projects that support and advance environmental education and environmental literacy in the state and region. A match of at least 25% of the total cost of the proposed project is required, but can be in-kind match (ie, volunteer time).

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program 
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning in the United States, including houses of worship, with a site available for a stewardship project.

Love Your Veggies Grant 
The makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings are now accepting applications for the 2009-10 Love Your Veggies™ grant program. Withsupport from its partner the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), thegrant program will once again seek to help schools provide innovativeprograms to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in thelunchroom.

Levitt Foundation 
Children and environment - New York City / Long Island

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education  
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and we're dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe's.

Mantis Awards for Community and Youth Gardens ~ Mar 7
Mantis presents the Mantis Awards to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in communities. Winners are selected by the NGA and receive Mantis tiller/cultivators. All nonprofit garden programs are eligible to apply.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation 
Helping facilitate the development and implementation of holistic environmental curricula that incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting

Midwest Garden Grant 
This grant is open to schools and organizations with garden programming in any of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Ten winners will be chosen.

Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant 
For the third year, The Muhammad Ali Center in partnership with Yum! Brands Foundation is providing support to youth garden programs across the world through the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant. 50 outstanding applicants will receive $500 garden packages including an NGA curriculum package. International applicants are encouraged to apply. Schools within the United States must have a student body eligible for 50% or more reduced or free lunches.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE) Proposals
This program seeks to strengthen community coalitions to develop an action plan that addresses comprehensive chronic disease prevention through policy, systems, and environmental change strategies. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, increasing farmers markets, fresh fruits and vegetables, and community gardens for residents; and increasing healthy food choices in restaurants, grocery stores, worksites, and schools.

Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards 
The Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards will be presented to groups and organizations that are making a difference in their communities. Eligible applicants include community groups who are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees, bushes, and shrubs to make their communities a better place to live. One grand prize winner will receive $2,500 in plant materials. The first place winner will receive $1,500 in plant materials, and the second place winner $1,000 in plant materials. The plant materials can contain trees, fruit trees, bushes and shrubs, perennials, and vegetable seeds.

NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grant 
Funds educator participation in high-quality professional development experiences or college study

NEA's Green Across America 
Grants of up to $1,000 are available to help you implement your innovative education program, activity, lesson or event to excite students about going green, caring for the earth and creating a sustainable future.

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants 
For projects that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter and improve habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer Rancher Grants 
SARE is a competitive grants program providing grants to researchers, agricultural educators, farmers and ranchers, and students in the United States.

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Youth Grants 
For on-farm research, demonstration, or education projects by youth ages 8-18. Research and demonstration projects are for hands-on efforts to explore Sustainable Agriculture issues and practices. Education projects can involve teaching others about Sustainable Agriculture or attending a Sustainable Agriculture conference, workshop, or camp. $400 maximum.

Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grant Chicago

Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math Education Competition 
If you are a changemaker with STEM expertise and the desire to realize bold, imaginative ideas for educating young people in the United States—especially in our highest-need schools—we want to hear from you! We are seeking creative approaches to solving the country’s STEM challenge by bringing the passion and real-life skills of STEM experts to advance STEM learning in public schools. The competition is open to innovations in the United States. More than $120,000 in cash and in-kind prizes from Ashoka’s Changemakers, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Opportunity Equation, and our prize sponsors.

Play with Your Produce Healthy Challenge 
PFK invites K-6 classrooms to enter the PFK Play with Your Produce Classroom Challenge, which challenges classrooms to create an activity focused on healthy eating using fresh fruits or vegetables. The 1st place winner will receive $1,000, 2nd place winner will receive $750, and 3rd place will receive $500.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant  
Have an idea for an environmental service-learning project for your students? Need funds to implement it? PLT GreenWorks! grants of up to $3,000 are available.

The Quaker Go Project
Awards for community-based projects that combat hunger

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Technology Giveaway 
Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in its contest which will address a key academic challenge in our country: to increase the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.

Sodexo Foundation Youth Engagement Grants
Programs funded through this grant will engage teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about and addressing childhood hunger in their community. The Sodexo Foundation School Engagement Grant will be implemented through a service-learning Semester of Service™ focused on childhood hunger. Applications are due July 15, 2012.

This program incorporates service-learning into a Semester of Service™ framework designed to engage students in a minimum of 70 hours of service and learning over a period of at least 10 – 14 weeks. This program focuses on building the academic subject areas of civics, social studies and language arts, but may also incorporate other academic areas.  Grant amount: $5,000.

Sodexo Youth Grants 

YSA will award 25 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-20, 2011).  We're looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community.    

Sow It Forward Food Garden Grants 
Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. The grant is for nonprofit causes (schools, churches, food pantries, community gardens, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that are of general benefit to their community.

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants 

State Farm is proud to team up with Youth Service America to offer grants of up to $1,000 for youth-led service-learning initiatives in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Eligible programs will engage youth in service-learning. Eligible candidates include teachers, service-learning coordinators and students in a public school, or staff and youth in a community-based organization working with a public school.

The Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award 
Grant recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States. Through winning programs, youth will learn the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and gain an understanding of how their actions can positively impact the well being of their community.

Target K-12 Outdoor Classroom Field Trip Grants 
Funds to give students the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. For the 2009-2010 school year, 5,000 grants of up to $800 each will be awarded for visits to art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; and career enrichment opportunities.

TogetherGreen Invites Applications for Innovation Grants 
TogetherGreen, a program of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, is accepting applications for its Innovation Grants program, which provides support for creative and ambitious projects that engage diverse communities in finding innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Innovation Grants fund projects that conserve or restore habitat and protect species, improve water quality or quantity, and reduce the threat of global warming; engage new and diverse audiences in conservation actions; and inspire and use innovative approaches and technologies to engage people and achieve conservation results. 

Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good Community Sponsorship Program
50 States for Good is a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects. Six organizations will share in our $150,000 sponsorship fund, including one organization that will be given $50,000! Our panel of judges will select 20 organizations doing great things in their communities to be voted on by you.

Toyota Tapestry Grants for Science Teachers 
Recognizing projects that provide an innovative approach and a hands-on learning environment for K–12 science

USDA Farm to School Grants 

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

United States Department of Agriculture Beginner Farmer & Rancher Development Program 
Cooperative State Research, Education and Education Service (CREES)

USDA Rural Development‘s Community Facilities Grants 
Grants for Farm to School initiatives in rural communities with less than 20,000 people

Vermont School Community Garden Mini-grant Program
The federal grant provides technical assistance and mini-grants of $1,000 each to support the infrastructure development of 40 school community gardens in Vermont.A school community garden can be a cultivated plot with beds, rows, and pathways; a collection of raised bed gardens; or an allotment style community garden with beds and plots for community and school use. A school community garden relies on a partnership between the school and community for educational programming, and to ensure that the garden is well managed and maintained during the school year and summer months.

Volvo Adventure with the United Nations Environment Program 
Rewarding environmental activities outside of the classroom. To enter, students must form a team of two to five members, ages 13 to 16 years, and perform an environmental project in their local communities.

Western Growers School Garden Grants 
Grant winners may receive up to $1500, a drip-tape irrigation system, seeds, books, and educational resources for teachers.

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants 
Whole Foods Foundation is accepting new grant applications from K-12 schools and/or 501(c)3 organizations. $2,000 grants are available to those developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Applications will be reviewed this winter, and grants will be awarded in early spring 2013.

Whole Kids Foundation School Grant Program 
Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. They also provide a base of knowledge that allows children to take an active role in healthy food choices.

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