TheGrantHelpers.com gets many requests from people who are interested in garden grants. Because of this, we recently published a blog, “Grants for Community Gardens,” that provided readers with several grant opportunities for creating or enhancing gardens for the whole community. In this post, we're addressing ways that gardens can serve a specific population within the community: students. This blog gives a few examples of the purposes of school gardens, which may serve as additional justification for any such grants you are writing. We also provide you with some school garden grants and other related opportunities.
Schools can use gardens for a variety of purposes. One basic purpose is that the students and families of the school can have a hand in beautifying school grounds. School gardens can also act as a part of a school’s curriculum, as students are able to learn about the science and math involved in planning and implementing a healthy garden; read and write about instructions or experiences in creating, growing, and harvesting the garden; conduct experiments on various aspects of gardens and gardening; and learn about nutrition and food sciences.
Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps have partnered to provide $2,000 grants to fund school gardens and activities related to gardening. Applications for 2014 are no longer being accepted, but 2015 School Garden Grant applications will be available in the fall. The foundation’s website provides a variety of additional free resources, including a guide on garden grant writing tips, examples of successful garden grant programs, and a school resource center to help you get your garden stared.
Annie’s, the maker of various food products, offers grants for school gardens. Applications for Spring 2014 will be accepted until June 2, 2014 at 7 PM CST. The company also offers fundraising opportunities for gardens through Annie’s Garden Funder. To learn more, including information on 2013 grant winners, visit the Annie’s website.
This initiative, created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives, is part of the White House’s Let’s Move campaign. The program provides a means for chefs and schools to collaborate with teachers, parents, and school nutrition professionals to provide healthy eating and nutrition education to students. Some examples of this include monthly food tastings and planting school gardens. The website includes more information, including a video of a school panel discussion and various other resources.
The USDA Farm to School Program awards grants for schools to improve access to local foods. Some supported activities include training, planning, supporting operations, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and more. The deadline for this year has already passed. However, this grant may be worth considering applying for next year.
If you are interested in learning more about how TheGrantHelpers.com can help you find gardening grants for schools or if you have any questions related to garden grants, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also want to sign up for our School Garden or Community Garden Watch Lists or join our general Watch List for grants related to education in general.
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