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FFA Garden Grants

A successful pollinator garden planted by girl scouts in Northfield, MN.

2015-2016 FFA Garden Grants

Many factors are contributing to the monarch population decline, including habitat loss. FFA chapters have the opportunity to help reverse this loss by designing their own garden, enhancing an existing garden, or improving habitat on United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS)refuges or agricultural land. This application invites you to use your creativity and and knowledge about gardening to tailor the request for your specific needs. 

Installing a garden at your school, on agricultural land, or in a USFWS refuge is a powerful way to engage in monarch butterfly habitat restoration. The Monarch Joint Venture, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, will receive funding from the USFWS to distribute five $1000 garden grants to FFA chapters. Funding can be used to purchase plants, gardening equipment, curriculum, staff development and any other items that foster connections between students, communities, and nature. Funds cannot be used for salary or stipends. Funds can be used to install a new garden, or improve an existing garden.

The FFA grants will be awarded to FFA chapters creating monarch habitat demonstration sites in partnership with agricultural community members, the chapter's school, or the local National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Preference will be given to chapters installing habitat on agricultural lands, but everyone is encouraged to apply regardless of garden location. 

Please fill out the application link at the bottom of this page to the best of your ability. Contact the Garden Grant coordinator, Dane Elmquist, with any questions about the application. 

Dane Elmquist

Students studying their garden map before installing the garden.

Submitting the Grant

To apply, you must form a team. This team includes a minimum of two adult team members and 5 youth participants. The team will designate an Adult Team Leader who will be the contact person for the team and administrator of the grant money. 

All applications must be submitted by February 5, 2016. The application will close at 11:59 pm on February 5, 2016. Only application submitted by this date will be considered for funding. The signed copies of commitment from garden stakeholders also must be uploaded at the end of the online application before funding is considered. Notification of awards will be emailed to Team Leaders by February 15, 2016. Grant recipients must submit required W9 paperwork by February 29, 2016

Thank you for your interest in planting habitat for monarchs, and good luck!

Please apply using this link:

You may use the PDF of the application below to plan ahead for submitting online.

Related Documents

  • 2015-2016 FFA Garden Grant Flyer - This downloadable flyer describes the program details and can be distributed to promote this great opportunity.
  • 2015-2016 FFA Garden Grant Application - A PDF of the FFA Garden Grant application is available for download. You can use this document as a planning tool to prepare for the online application. Please do NOT submit this as your garden grant application. Only applications submitted online will be considered for funding.
  • 2015-2016 FFA Garden Grant Commitments of Support - Stakeholder Commitments of Support. This document must be uploaded at the end of the online application before it can be considered for funding.
  • Schoolyard Butterfly Gardens Info Sheet - Use this info sheet for steps and tips on how to create a butterfly garden at your school or other community site.
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