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. 

  • 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
    Funding: $500
    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
    Funding: $200-$600                                                                                                                           
    This crowdfunding program will be awarding grants to garden programs that raise money the fastest between November 15th and December 15th.                                                                      

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