Are you interested in building a school garden and could use a little
financial help?
Or maybe you already have a school garden and wish to expand.
The following is a list of grants available specifically for school gardens
or sites that list school garden grants on a continuing basis.

Grant Application Advice: Native Plant Gardens for Schools and Urban
 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.

2012 Youth Garden
*Nov 28*
Youth Garden Grants recognize outstanding youth-focused garden programs
throughout the country. This year 100 recipients will receive a $500 gift
card from our The Home Depot and educational materials from the National
Gardening Association. The top 5 winners will also receive a $500 gift
certificate to Gardening with Kids.

American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure

Grants in the amount of $8,000 each will be awarded to nonprofits or public
schools to purchase permanent structures that provide shade and ultraviolet
(UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The AAD also provides a permanent
sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance
of sun safety. The AAD receives support for this program from Johnson &
Johnson Consumer Products Company.

American Honda Foundation<>
Funding for youth education, specifically in the areas of science,
technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and

America the Beautiful Free Seeds<>
* - While Supplies Last
*Grants of free seeds to community groups striving to better our world
through gardening. Nominal shipping charge applies.

Annie's Grants for Gardens <> -* **Nov
*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.

Best Buy Community
*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
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.

Captain Planet Foundation<>
*Sep 30, Dec 31
*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

Chefs Move to Schools
*Dec 30*
The Chefs Move to Schools Grant provides funds for culinary professionals to
help our children eat right by teaching them about food, nutrition and
cooking. Funds can be used from garden to table: culinary professionals may
seek funding for any program that promotes health and wellness in schools.
For example, the grant may be used to plant a garden, teach a class, promote
or create a wellness program for students or parents or assist in creating a
school curriculum that focuses on healthy eating. In order to qualify the
grant applicant must have the support of the school principal and, in some
cases, additional school personnel.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

CVS Caremark Community
*Oct 31*
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.

Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden

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. Increase Your Green School

For projects that green a school -- from bricks-and-mortar and schoolyard
improvements to implementing environmental education, performing civic
action and achieving policy reform.

Earth Savers Club Grants <> ~ *Open*
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

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

Fiskars Project Orange
*Dec 5**
*Grants for gardens and/or gardening projects geared toward community
involvement, neighborhood beautification, sustainable agriculture and/or
horticultural education.

Fuel Up to Play
60<> -
*Dec 1*
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

Winners (no age limit) in the areas of garden education, feeding the hungry,
urban renewal and restoration receive cash and supplies.

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.

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

How can we expect the next generation to care for the environment if they
feel disconnected from it and lack understanding about the impact of their
actions on our health and food supply, both locally and globally? One
solution: Get them in the garden! The grant award recognizes and supports
youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment,
nutrition and hunger issues in the United States..
*Herb Society of America Grant for
Educators<> -
*Dec 31*
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
 ~ *Oct 31
*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.

Katie's Krops Vegetable Garden Grant <> - Dec 5
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,

Kroger Co. Foundation<>-
*Feed-the-hungry programs in communities where Kroger employees live and

Love Your Veggies

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.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant <>
Since 1992, Project Learning Tree has helped fund nearly 1,000 GreenWorks!
projects across the country.  Elementary, middle, high school, and college
students have planted trees, designed native plant gardens, restored streams
and riparian habitats, constructed hiking trails, started composting
projects, investigated alternative sources of energy, and more. GreenWorks!
is PLT’s service-learning program that encourages students to take action to
improve their school or neighborhood’s environment based on what they learn
in the classroom.  It blends community service with academic curriculum to
link classroom learning to the real world.  Students “learn by doing”
through community action projects they design and implement to improve an
aspect of their local environment.

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

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Technology
 ~ *Oct 31*
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 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

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning
 - *Nov 9*
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.

Target K-12 Outdoor Classroom Field Trip

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

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

United States Department of Agriculture Beginner Farmer & Rancher
Development Program<>
*Nov 22**
*Cooperative State Research, Education and Education Service (CREES)

USDA Rural Development‘s Community Facilities

Grants for Farm to School initiatives in rural communities with less than
20,000 people

Adventure with the United Nations Environment

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.

Whole Kids Foundation School Grant
*Dec 31*
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

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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