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Grants for Recreation Centers

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 14:04 PM

Finding grant funding for recreation centers can be a challenge that often depends o5035955763_a2afd9d27c_mn the stage of your project. For instance, if you are starting from scratch, securing funding for land or a physical building may take precedence. If you have already completed those initial steps, then you may need grants for program development, equipment, or even personnel. Whether you are starting at the beginning or looking for specific program funding, below are some grants for recreation centers.

National Recreation Foundation

This foundation is dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation in the lives of youth. To that end, The National Recreation Foundation awards two types of grants:  trustee grants and special grants. Trustee grants are limited to $30,000 and must be presented to the foundation’s Board of Directors by a National Recreation Foundation trustee. The foundation also accepts trustee-endorsed special grant proposals from other organizations. These grants do not exceed $100,000. For both grant types, eligible entities must have 501(c)(3) status or be governmental organizations. The foundation favors proposals with matching funds, partnerships, and projects that assist at-risk youth. Since all grant requests must go through a trustee, the first step in application is developing a relationship with a trustee. There is both an email address and phone number on the website linked above.

Federal Grants

There are a bevy of federal grants available for the big-money projects associated with recreation centers. These grants usually have larger maximum award ceilings and support land acquisition and facility building or improvement.

  • Community Facilities Grant Program: The United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Grant Program awards funding to repair facilities used for community purposes, public safety, and health care. Municipalities with fewer than 20,000 residents are eligible for this grant. Communities with fewer than 5,000 residents or with median incomes below 60% of the state’s median income receive highest priority.
  • Community Entitlement Grants Program: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development supports the Community Entitlement Grants Program, which awards grants to municipalities with over 50,000 residents and counties with more than 200,000 residents. The purpose of the program is to support community projects that improve the economic development and living conditions of residents. Projects may include land acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of facilities, and more.
  • Outdoor Recreational Grant Program: If your recreation center has an outside component, this grant could work for your project. The National Park Service’s Outdoor Recreational Grant Program awards park districts and local government agencies grants to acquire, plan, and develop land for public recreational purposes.

Coca-Cola Foundation

This beverage company is dedicated to improving the communities where they do business. They support initiatives that strengthen and enrich communities. One of those focuses is community well-being. Specifically, in 2007, the foundation expanded its reach to fitness and nutrition efforts in the United States. In 2016, the company supported several community grant initiatives including two that were focused specifically on recreation. Only online applications are accepted. There is no maximum or minimum grant amount. Applications are accepted year-round.

We have even more ideas for recreation funding. Contact us today to find out more or get started with a free phone consultation with one of our experts.


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Grants for Food Pantries

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 08:04 AM

Food pantries might be the organizations that require the most diverse resources to function properly. We get requests from agencies to find grants for everything from actual food to gardens for growin8498826234_1c2e554f06_qg food to new buildings to kitchen equipment. An additional layer that increases the variety of grant funding needed is that some food banks provide non-perishable food, some provide hot meals, and some provide both. Thus, while the specific needs of food pantries vary widely, their general need is consistently great. According to the USDA, 1 in 6 people in America face hunger. Below we have gathered some grants to help fill some of these great needs.

Community Facilities Grant Program

If your food bank requires larger purchases, like a new building or kitchen equipment, the USDA’s Community Facilities Grant Program is a great place to start. This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Essential community facilities include food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, and food hubs. Eligible entities include public bodies, community-based non-profit entities, and federally-recognized tribes. Since this program is focused on rural areas, eligible organizations serve a community with a population of no more than 20,000 people. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment, or pay related project expenses. Applications are accepted year round. To begin the process, contact your local USDA office.

Project Orange Thumb

Some food pantries have the manpower and landscape to grow their own fruits and vegetables, so they need not rely solely on donations. Such food pantries often search for garden grants. One example of a grant for gardens is Project Orange Thumb. Though grants have already been awarded for 2018, this program is still worth mentioning. The application is open to non-profit organizations in North America late in the year, and grant recipients are announced in spring of the following year. These grants come in the form of both money and gardening tools. Mark your calendar for the end of summer to start looking for deadlines for 2019 grants.

Ameriprise Financial

In 2016, Ameriprise awarded 181 national grants as well as local grants to organizations in 31 different states. One of the categories Ameriprise Financial funds is meeting basic needs, including helping people find their next meal. Eligible entities include food banks, food pantries, meal services for the homebound, school backpack hunger programs, and hunger relief programs for specific populations, like children or particularly ethnic groups. This grant program does not support nutrition education, cooking instruction, or gardening programs. Non-profits may submit applications anytime, with application reviews twice each year following the application deadlines. Deadlines this year are Jan. 15 and May 15. Award announcements usually occur four months after the deadline.

Cisco Foundation

This foundation provides grants to organizations that help support critical human needs. To do so, they partner with local, national, and global partners. Non-profit entities are eligible for support, though any governmental agencies are ineligible. Underserved communities are favored for support. Since Cisco is a technology company, the foundation focuses its grant money on technology that will help meet its priorities, so make sure your project includes a technological component. Grant inquiries and applications are by invitation only, and the foundation does not accept unsolicited requests. See how to get noticed by these types of foundations in our previous blog.

Still not seeing a grant you are interested in? We can help find grants specific for your organization with our specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Find out more on our Services page. Or start a free consultation with one of our grant experts by contacting us today.


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STEM Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 17:03 PM

“Science is not only a discipline of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” -Stephen Hawking.


As the world mourns the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists of our time, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities continue to be the fastest-growing of all occupational sectors, according to The NEA Foundation. Most of these STEM jobs require education beyond high school, and the United States is projected to fall short of demand for highly-educated workers by as much as five million by 2020 (NEA Foundation). As a result, school districts across the nation are striving to give students tools to get them excited about and interested in STEM fields. Below are some grants that can help get STEM initiatives into more schools.


Expert Advice: Be clear on need. Examples:

• Adjusting your curriculum to meet The Next Generation Science Standards.

• Preparing students to meet goals on standardized tests.

Also, be clear and realistic on goals. Examples:

• Put in place new collaborative curriculum geared toward STEM.

• Helping students reach test benchmarks in these subject areas.


The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation supports STEM education by increasing access to and improving the quality of STEM programs in underserved communities. Grant funding can be used toward in-school, after school, or summer activities. This grant can also be used for professional development for educators, as long as such teacher training relates to STEM initiatives. Last year two districts were awarded $150,000 grants. Applications are accepted at any time and are reviewed three times a year.

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants

These grants focus on the science part of STEM. Funding can be used to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Specifically, grants can be used for laboratory equipment and supplies, instructional materials, professional development, student-conducted field studies, and student-led science outreach events. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. Applicants must be U.S. high school chemistry teachers. The deadline for the 2018-19 funding is April 16.

Honda Foundation

Through this foundation, Honda has awarded more than $37 million to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S.  Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM subjects. Non-profit organizations, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. The deadline for application submission for applicants who have received a Honda grant in the past is May 1. The deadline for application submission for applicants who have not previously received a Honda grant is Aug. 1.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation

Focusing on the technology section of STEM, the ESA Foundation’s grant program seeks to ensure youth aged 7-18 have access to and are educated by technology, computers, or video games. Programs that “train the trainer” are also eligible for funding, as long as those trained will use their education to impact youth through technology. Eligible candidates are non-profit organizations or governmental units.

There is no set amount for ESA Foundation grants, though it is unlikely that first-time ESA Foundation grantees would receive more than $50,000. Letters of intent must be received by May 15.

  Expert Advice: To meet non-profit eligibility requirements of some foundations, schools can partner with parent teacher organizations (PTO, PTA) or local municipalities.


We provide a wide variety of services, from grant finding to grant writing to grant management. Contact us today to set up a free phone consultation.

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Grants for School Security

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 16:02 PM

16281105614_7b84887348_m.jpgSchool security is yet again a focus as 17 lives from Parkland, Florida are mourned by the entire country. This latest tragedy has sparked debate in the social media world, the news, and houses across the United States. No one knows the answer to solving these repeated heartbreaks.

While the discussion continues, schools want to do everything in their power to keep their students and faculty safe and feeling secure. As a starting point, download our two-page School Emergency Preparedness Overview.  In terms of potential funding, the most promising sources are usually found through existing local, regional, and state channels.

  Recommended Grant Approach: Contact district, regional, and state offices to determine local funding opportunities and approaches.   

The most practical step you can take is to ask local authorities what funding avenues they’re already aware of. Chances are they know of some, and they may have already applied. Furthermore, by working through  larger entities, such as a county or an educational region, you will increase your credibility with the funding agency. By working through larger groups, you may also be eligible for more grant dollars, since you can impact a larger region.  A regional or state office may also help align your current security plan with a regional or state plan, which is important in a funding request.

  Recommended Grant Approach: Know and site your state, regional, or district plan. 

Funding agencies want reassurance that your goals are aligned with those established for your geographical region. Demonstrate that you are aware of current planning on a larger scale than just your school and are aligned with current plans. Also, many times an established state, regional, or district plan will provide data about the importance and need for better security—data that you can site in your grant proposal for school security.

State Departments of Education

We recommend looking at your state’s Department of Education or other state departments. Some states have school security grants. For instance, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has Safe Schools Targeted Grants. This grant provides funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, as well as programs or security-related equipment that address school safety and violence. The state of Connecticut announced in the beginning of February a new round of grants to enhance school security in that state. Past grant awards have been used to purchase door locks, security cameras, fencing, lighting, and more. The program was created in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators in December 2012.

National Programs

Below are a couple national grant programs that provide school security grants.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

This home improvement store donates up to $5 million annually to K-12 public and charter schools. That’s as many as 1,000 schools yearly. Eligible projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. Maximum grant awards are $5,000. The spring 2018 grant cycle is closed, so mark Aug. 6 on your calendar, as that is when the fall application cycle opens for this grant.

Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants

State Farm wants to build better, stronger, and safer communities. They focus on safety and education, making this a perfect fit for school security grant proposals. The 2018 grant application window has closed. The grant application cycle for 2019 will likely open in September 2018.


The following are various school security and emergency preparedness resources that may interest schools as they plan emergency response efforts or make their case for emergency preparedness or school security funding.

This website provides many additional resources for emergency preparedness and security for schools.

This PDF document is a detailed guide for creating emergency preparedness plans.

This website provides guidelines for how to handle an active shooter situation, as well as additional resources for these types of situations.

We have an education grant specialist that is ready to help you make your school even more secure. Contact us today to set up a free phone consultation.


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Educational Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

7754784154_54087ca082_m.jpgThere are so many opportunities for educational grants that it is hard to cover every single opportunity. Today, we present several grants for schools that cover a wide variety of topics. These grants have upcoming deadlines, so the time is right to work on them.  We can work with you to make your grant competitive.

  Insider Tip: To distinguish your proposal from the mountain of others, frame the outcomes in terms of impact to target populations and to society in general. Use numbers (e.g., "This curriculum will help over 500 under-represented youth increase their reading comprehension.") to support your case.  

Braitmayer Foundation Grants for Innovation in Education

This third-generation family foundation awards grants to K-12 schools throughout the United States. Proposals should focus either on curricular and school reform initiatives or professional development opportunities for teachers. Braitmayer grants can act as seed money, matching funds, or challenge grants. The foundation does not support grants for childcare, afterschool activities, or pre-kindergarten. The foundation awards grants of up to $35,000. Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15.

Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants

Math and science programs are the focus of the Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants Program. Specifically, this foundation awards grants to help develop new programs for these subject areas. All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000.

Entertainment Software Association Grants for Youth Programs

Computers, technology, and video games are now main parts of a young person’s life. This grant program focuses on using these to boost learning. Non-profit organizations and governmental entities that provide programs and services that utilize technology, computers, or video games to educate youth ages 7-18 are eligible to apply. Programs or projects must be available in at least two states to be eligible for funding. The foundation awards grants of up to $50,000. The deadline is May 1.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants

This foundation aims to support new or expand existing literacy programs, the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs. Schools, public libraries, and non-profit organizations that help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $4,000. The deadline to apply is May 17.

Still not seeing a grant you like? One of our most popular services is our Grant Opportunity Search, where we can find grants for your specific needs. Contact us today to get started.


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Grants for Domestic Violence Assistance

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

According to the Mary Kay Foundation, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Organizations across the country are working together to reduce that statistic. Following are some grants that can help such organizations.5645164344_1d072fab2f_m.jpg

U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women has several grant solicitations currently open for grants to assist with domestic violence needs. Application deadlines vary, with most due in February and one due in March. Also located on the website linked above is a schedule of the Office on Violence Against Women’s proposed grant solicitation dates for 2018. This calendar would be a helpful tool to plan for upcoming applications.

One of the grants available now is the Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies. This grant is a two-pronged grant opportunity. The first portion of this grant funds comprehensive projects that serve children and youth who are victims of or are exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking. These grants are available to non-profit and governmental entities. The second part of this grant supports projects to engage men and boys. Non-profits or municipalities that create effective public education campaigns to encourage men to work as allies with women and girls are eligible to apply. These campaigns should help prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking. The deadline for this grant is Feb. 15.

Domestic Violence Shelter Grant

The Mary Kay Foundation provides funding for the creation and support of domestic violence shelters across the country. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to more than 150 women’s shelters. A grant is awarded yearly to at least one shelter in every state that applies. Remaining funds are distributed based on each state’s population. Applications are available now until April 30.

Purple Purse

Finances often play an important role when victims of domestic violence are considering leaving their abusive relationship. This organization’s Moving Ahead Grant Programs help non-profits assist survivors in building financial independence by addressing their unique financial needs. This grant awards money to state domestic violence coalitions to provide financial empowerment programs for domestic abuse survivors. The program funds four project areas: financial literacy, microloans, job readiness and job training, and microenterprise. In 2016, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million to state domestic violence coalitions through grants ranging from $45,000 to $75,000. The request for applications will be released in July, with applications due in August.

We are a full-service grant company with a wide array of services. Contact us today to find out how we can help your organization become grant ready. The first consultation is always free.


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Three Things to Know about Grants in 2018

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

Happy New Year from all of us at We want to help you start off the new year with some important updates and tips about the grant world.

But before discussing more general areas, here is one specific opportunity that just opened. Lowes Toolbox for Education has announced its spring cycle. K-12 public and private schools, as well as parent-teacher groups, are eligible to apply. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is Feb. 9.  However, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, then the application process will close.

  1. Get Organized Now for the New Year

Lots of organizations, especially federal grant-making organizations, have already laid out a schedule of their grants for the new year. Some are already accepting applications for the spring cycle. For instance, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has its 2018 Forecast of Funding available here. Now is the best time to get pertinent dates on your calendar and get your boilerplate documents updated. Review the timelines for your likeliest funding sources, and prepare to apply well in advance.

  1. New Way to Apply for Federal Funding has rolled out a new way for groups and individuals to apply for federal grants. This has been a two-year transition, and on Dec. 31, 2017, the legacy PDF application package was officially retired. In the past, applicants downloaded and completed a single, big PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package.”) To work as a team, you had to email the file back and forth while making sure all contributors were using the same version of Adobe software. The new Workspace program is intended to make collaborating on an application very efficient and easy. Forms can either be completed online within a web browser or downloaded individually and uploaded to Workspace. According to the blog, applicants who have already used the new program say it is making the process faster and more streamlined.  For more information and tutorials on how to use the new program, visit the blog.

  1. Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants may not be funded in 2018

The heavily subscribed COPS grant may be on the chopping block this year. This Department of Justice grant program provides money to law enforcement agencies for a variety of needs, including hiring new police officers, testing new strategies, and purchasing technology. In recent years, money was also set aside toward curbing the opioid epidemic and addressing gang violence. In 2017, the COPS office allocated of $98.5 million to fund 802 police officer positions for the next three years. However, a working White House budget showed the elimination of the entire COPS office. The COPS hiring program is not listed by name in the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, and very little information is being shared. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated on its status.

We can help you get organized and prepared to apply for grants or find grants that will fit your needs. See our widerange of services, and then contact us for a free initial consultation.

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Teacher Professional Development Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 21:11 PM

One of the goals of 21st century educators is to inspire students to be lifelong learners. To accomplish that, educators themselves should be passionate about learning as well. Teacher development grants are available to help teachers develop and improve on their craft. Below are some grants that help7876968098_80c80e0668_q.jpg educators educate themselves. These grants all have deadlines early next year, less than two months away, so the time is right to get started on them.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports a teacher development grant program. This category aims to increase the effectiveness of individual educators and small teams of teachers. Eligible proposals are those that enhance student learning and educational quality, paying particular attention to those that best serve the at-risk and under-funded. A total of 125 teacher development grants will be funded. The application period is from Jan. 15-April 15. The maximum grant is $10,000.

Fund for Teachers

This organization provides funds to help educators get the resources needed to pursue professional learning experiences. Fund for Teachers grants can be used for a wide variety of projects as long as they create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. Eligible applicants must be full-time preK-12th grade educators, curriculum specialist, curriculum head, Special Education coordinator, media specialist/librarian, or other type of educator who spends at least 50% of their time directly teaching students. Educators must also have at least three years of teaching experience. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 while teams may receive up to $10,000. Applications are due by Jan. 31.

The NEA Foundation

This foundation has provided funding to thousands of educators. The NEA Foundation provides grants to individuals to participate in professional development activities. The foundation also provides funding to teams to fund collegial study. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence. Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 are available. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. There are three deadlines for applications: Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Graduate Fellowships are $24,000 fellowships given to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens that are teachers or plan to be teachers of American history, American government, or civics classes in the 7-12 grade levels. Fellowship applicants compete against educators in their own state. If funding permits, the desire is to grant a fellowship to an individual from each state. The deadline for application is March 1.

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Topics: education, education funding, education funds, education grant, education grants, educational funding, educational grants, educational opportunities, grants for teachers, teacher resources, teacher development grants, grants for teacher development

Grants for Recreation

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 @ 15:10 PM

34610589630_67d3b10906_m.jpgRecreation is one of the most frequent funding requests we receive. Below are a few recreation grants that will fit a wide variety of needs.

Healthy Aging in Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association along with the Centers for Disease Control are offering Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs. These grants can be used to train instructors in specific programs that help people with chronic conditions and senior citizens remain active. Eligible applicants include municipality entities like parks and recreation departments or park districts. A total of 275 grants will be awarded this year. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 6.

Shade Structure Program

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers a shade structure program that can be used in a variety of ways for recreation needs. This program awards grants of up to $8,000 to non-profit organizations or public schools. Eligible non-profits must provide services to children 18 years of age or younger. The money can be used for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. The deadline for application is Nov. 17.

Finish Line

The sports retailer offers three grant programs to organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based athletic programs and camps that emphasize a healthy lifestyle. Programs that offer these activities to special needs and disadvantaged children will get a special priority. Programs must also be operating near a Finish Line store. A programmatic grant is worth up to $5,000. This fund is for programs that give children the opportunity to participate in athletic programs and camps. Legacy grants range from $10,000-$75,000. These grants help new facility construction or improvements to existing infrastructure. The final category is the founder’s grant, totaled between $5,000-$25,000. This grant is to assist organizations facing an emergency like natural disasters. Applications are accepted four times a year with most upcoming deadline being Dec. 31.

Good Sports

Recreational teams and organizations that need equipment, apparel, and footwear can seek a grant from the Good Sports company. Grant recipients receive access to the company’s catalog of equipment, footwear, and apparel. Eligible organizations must be located in the United States that serve economically disadvantaged youth between the ages of 3-18. The organization also must operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children. Applications are accepted year round.

An abundance of grants are available for recreational needs. The ones in this blog are just a few of the opportunities available. We can help you find more opportunities with a specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Contact to see how we can help find the grant you need.


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Grants for Community Gardens

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 16:09 PM

8572318025_916cf04e18_m.jpgIn this week’s blog we have collected a list of grant opportunities for starting and growing your community garden. The first will be open in just a few days.  Put the others on your calendar so you're alerted to apply during their application period.


This non-profit organization wants to help more people, especially disadvantaged populations, to grow and access more healthy food. SeedMoney offers both traditional grants as well as crowdfunding grants. There will be $400 crowdfunding grants awarded to the first 50 projects that are able to raise $600 via their crowdfunding pages during a 30-day challenge running from Nov. 15-Dec. 15. Additionally, SeedMoney will also award 50 traditional grants of $200 each. To qualify a project must raise at least $200 of its own. Merit grantees are chosen by a committee. The application for both grant programs will open Oct. 1 with a deadline for submission of Nov. 13. Garden projects must be non-profit, public food gardens to be eligible. Last year, 200 projects raised $400 or more including 12 that raised more than $1,000 and one that raised more than $5,000.

Project Orange Thumb

Project Orange Thumb supports community gardens that aim to beautify communities and provide people with sustainable food resources. Fiskars has provided over $1.6 million to more than 210 community groups since the program started in 2002. Non-profit groups are eligible to apply. Applications are available late in the year so keep your eyes on the website to see a specific date coming soon. Grant recipients are announced in the spring of the following year. Already established gardens as well as new garden start-ups are eligible to apply.

Scott’s Miracle Gro

Non-profit organizations are eligible for grants from this program. Grants are awarded to entities planning gardens, pollinator habitats, and community green spaces. The maximum grant award is $1,500. The 2017 grants have already been awarded. Applications will be available in the spring for the 2018 grant period. Last year a California community created a vegetable garden to provide better access for healthier food options for its residents. A school in Columbus, Ohio used its 2017 Scott’s Miracle Gro grant to create a sensory garden to bring therapeutic benefits to students.


Our team of Grant Helpers are ready to help you find, apply for, and manage grants. We have a full range of services that can be customized to fit your specific needs. Call us today to set up your consultation, and remember the first consultation is always free.


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