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 Areas
 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 Grant ~ 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 Program 
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 literacy.

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

Annie's Grants for Gardens - Nov 30
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 Grants 
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 Contest
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 $250-2,500.

Chefs Move to Schools Grants - 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 (CFP)          
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

CVS Caremark Community Grants - 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 Grant 
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 Competition 
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 Awards

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 $100,000. 

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb - 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 Awards 
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 Awards 
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 Program ~ 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, 2011).

Kroger Co. Foundation - Open
Feed-the-hungry programs in communities where Kroger employees live and work

Love Your Veggies Grant 
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 Giveaway ~ 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 community.    
- 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 Grants 
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 Grants 
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 
Grants for Farm to School initiatives in rural communities with less than 20,000 people

Volvo Adventure with the United Nations Environment Program 
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 Program - 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 choices.

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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