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Garden Grant Opportunities

A number of organizations provide funding for schoolyard gardens. Read below for the specific requirements of the grants.

National Gardening Association

The National Gardening Association works with sponsoring companies and organizations to provide in-kind grants to projects that actively engage kids in the garden and improve the quality of life for their communities. To be eligible for these awards, your school or organization must plan to garden with at least 15 kids between the ages of 3 and 18. Please note that all grant winners are required to complete a year-end impact report (see individual grants for details).

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Seeds for Education - Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. The grant recipient learning centers are those which most successfully reflect the Wild Ones mission to educate and share information about the benefits of using native plants in our landscape and to promote biodiversity and environmentally sound practices. Only through this knowledge, can we appreciate humankind's proper place in the web of life. Applicants must apply by October 15 of the year prior to the grant year.

Cover letter and instructions

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Fund Grant Application Form

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Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program

The Whole Kids Foundation partners with the FoodCorps to bring this School Garden Grant Program to schools! Gardening is a great introduction into challenging topics like conservation, food systems, and community engagement. Growing a garden grows healthy kids!

Who can apply for School Garden Grants?

  • Public schools
  • Public charter schools
  • Private schools with 501(c)(3) status
  • Private charter schools with 501(c)(3) status
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations supporting a garden at a public or non-profit private school
  • Must be within US or Canada

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More Garden Grant Opportunities

Some of the deadlines for this year's applications may have closed, but most of these grant opportunities come annually so use these sites as resources to prepare future proposals and wait for the application to re-open for next year's applications. 

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  • Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards - A how to manual for school professionals. Created in partnership between Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department's SHIP initiative and the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
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