Additional School Garden Grants
Openlands offers a list of non-Openlands grant support to assist with the ongoing maintenance and growth of your school garden.
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Additional Resources for School Gardens
Recognizing the transformative impact of these green spaces on education, Openlands has taken a proactive step by curating and disseminating a list of up-to-date school garden grant opportunities. These grants include differing amounts and cover a wide range of initiatives such as edible gardens, native habitats, agricultural projects, and more.
Garden & Nature-based Education
- GroMoreGood Garden Grants- National Head Start Association
Deadline: December 18, 2023
The GroMoreGood initiative makes garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families.
- Whole Kids Foundation GrantsDeadline: Applications will open February of 2024
Funding: Provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden.
Bee grants are also available: https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/programs/honey-bee-hive-grant
- The Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
Deadline: opens in summer 2024 for 2025
Funding: Ten grants in the amount of $300 are available. Elementary classrooms grades 3-6 with fifteen students or more may apply for a grant to establish an herb garden. In addition to plants, the funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plants trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc.
- Kids Gardening Youth Garden Grant
Deadline: December 15, 2023
Funding: $750 or $1750 in cash, tools, and supplies
Funds a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18. Various other grant opportunities on this webpage as well.
- Gro More Good Grassroots Grant from Scotts Miracle Gro
Closed for 2023– no information for 2024 yet
Funding: $500 or $1,500 in cash
Awards provide funding for the development of new and expansion of existing youth garden programs and greenspaces serving 15 or more youth.
- American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens Network Grant
No information for 2024-2025
Grants “to help garden spaces thrive”
- Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants
Deadline: Not currently seeking applicants
Funding: $1,000 for students to design their school garden or to contribute to their neighborhood environment. Applicants must attend a Project Learning Tree training either online or in person.
- Openlands TreePlanters Grant
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Plantings occur April-May and September-October.
Funding: 10-40 Trees for neighbors to get together to plant in their community.
- National Garden Bureau’s Therapeutic Garden Grants
Deadline: July of every year
Funding: $1,000-$3,000 for schools, nonprofits, hospitals to implement a therapeutic garden program.
- Budding Botanist Grant
Grant closes in October, usually the second week
Funding: $1,200 in cash and supplies
K – 12 schools that can demonstrate that at least 40% of their student population would qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity.
- Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant
No new information– may not be offered anymore
Funding: Youth garden programs interested in preserving and creating pollinator habitat to help rebuild declining pollinator populations. $500 to support the development of new and expansion of existing pollinator gardens.
- Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program
Application Period: July- November
Funding: $100 to $500 for native plant gardens and landscaping projects; acquiring native plants and seeds for outdoor learning areas that engage youth (preschool to high school) directly in planning, planting and caring for native plant gardens.
- Missouri Prairie Foundation – Prairie Garden Grants Program
Deadline: January of every year
Funding: For the establishment of prairie gardens or plantings; $800 each.
- Green Our Planet Grants
Deadline: accepted on a rolling basis, open now
Funding: Hydroponics STEM Program- If awarded a grant, Green Our Planet will cover $8,000 of the program cost and your school will be responsible for covering the additional $2,000 needed to fully fund the $10,000 program. GardenConnect STEM Program- If awarded a grant, Green Our Planet will cover $2,500 of the program cost and your school will be responsible for covering the additional $1,000 needed to fully fund the program.
- Association of American Educators Classroom Grants
Deadlines: Autumn: October 1st; Spring: March 1st
These grants can be used for almost any materials teachers need.
- Roots & Shoots Mini Grants
Deadline: April of every year
Funding: U.S. educators, individuals, and group leaders are invited to apply for a $200 mini-grant to start, support, or celebrate their community-action project!
- Toshiba America Foundation Grants for Science & Math Teachers
Deadline: October 1st of every year for K-5, March 1st for 6-12, and May 1st for 6-12
Funding: K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom.
- Seed Money
Deadline: Nov 12, 2023
This crowdfunding program will be awarding grants to garden programs that raise money the fastest between November 15th and December 15th.
- North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)- Youth Educator Grant
Opens mid-August, deadline Nov 9, 2023
Funding: Maximum $6,000
Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.
- USDA Farm to School Grant
Deadline: January 12, 2024
These are large, competitive grants meant to expand existing farm-to-school programs.
Additional notes: very specific eligibility, would be best to send to individual schools or programs
- Lots of Compassion Grant
Opens in April-March of 2024
Funding: Up to 10 grantees will be awarded $20,000 each to transform a vacant lot into a garden.
Grants list to reference:
- Awesome Foundation
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