School Garden Grants
In our last blog article, The Grant Helpers discussed a few of the opportunities available for community garden grants. In this blog article, part two of a two-part series, we will share information on a few of the opportunities for school garden grants. There are countless opportunities for school (or educational) gardens grants. Just a select few of them appear below. The Grant Helpers can assist you in finding many more of these funding sources and securing more money for you. Contact a grant expert today for a free consultation.
The Captain Planet Foundation mainly focuses on grants to United States schools and organizations. Grants are made for programs that promote and support educational programs and help youth learn about and appreciate the world through a hands-on approach to improve the environment around them.
Grants are typically for $500 but can exceed that amount. There are two grant cycles each year: a September 30 deadline, to be notified by December 15 and a February 28 deadline, to be notified by May 15. See the foundation’s website for more details.
The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) offers the farm to school program, which assists eligible schools in improving access to local foods. In 2012, planning grants were expected to range from $20,000 - $45,000, while implementation grants were expected to be between $65,000 - $100,000. The farm to school program is a general, widely used term, but the goal of the program is to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias. Funding from the program itself can be used for many different types of projects or activities, among which are school gardens.
The 2013 grant application dates have not yet been announced, but in 2012, all announcement dates and deadlines occurred within the first six months of the calendar year. FNS anticipated awarding $3.5 million in grant funding during the 2012 grant cycle, and winners were anticipated to be announced in mid-November 2012. Be sure to check the website regularly and early for 2013 grant details. The USDA also suggests checking with the resources available in your home state as a first step regarding the farm to school program.
The Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grants program provides money to teach kids how to learn about sustainability, conservation, food systems, community awareness, and how food gets from seed to plate. Unlike some grant requirements set forth by corporations, this grant does not require applicants to be located in a region with a Whole Foods Market.
The application deadline for this grant is November 15, 2012. For a more information on how to apply or eligibility requirements, see the Whole Kids Foundation website.
Don’t dismiss the idea of checking with local businesses, especially garden centers, as they are often willing to donate to local organizations. Some might be willing to donate more if you offer to put a small sign in your garden giving them credit for their donation. That acts as an advertisement for the businesses that contributed, while at the same time providing free goods for the garden.
There are countless numbers of garden grant opportunities for schools and educational purposes. As our list of services indicates, we at The Grant Helpers can assist you throughout any and all aspects of the grant development and grant writing process. We have a strong educational history, and we’re confident in our ability to secure you more grant money. Ask an expert for more information.