Garden-themed school lessons teach nutrition, math, science, and other subjects all while having fun outdoors and letting kids get their hands dirty. School gardens are widely popular and grants to support them are numerous. Below is a list of just a few school garden grants. Some don't open until later this year. Plan in advance. Put the dates on your calendar.
The American Heart Association is aiming to fight childhood obesity by creating Teaching Gardens in elementary schools across the country. Aimed at grades one through five, Teaching Garden Grants help teach children how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce, and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits. The American Heart Association works closely with each school to assess its ability to benefit from an American Heart Association Teaching Garden. Once a school commits to the program, a school-wide planting day is scheduled. The American Heart Association provides the materials for planting day, garden beds, organic soil, seedlings and plants, cooking demonstrations, and other fun activities. Schools receive an American Heart Association Teaching Garden Tool Kit with useful information including a school garden manual, lesson plans, school activation ideas, and parent and community resources. There is no formal application program; instead contact email@example.com to start the process.
Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grants provides a $2,000 grant to K-12 schools or to non-profits working with a K-12 school. Private schools with a non-profit status are also eligible. Entities in both the United States and Canada can apply for grants. Grants are intended to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Each grant applicant is required to partner with an organization or business from the community that will help to bring long-term sustainability to the initiative - a “community partner.” A community partner can be any organization that intends to support the garden for years to come. The partner can provide monetary support, volunteer support, garden expertise, or other support. The grant application will open on Sept. 1 with a deadline of Oct. 31.
Annie’s Grants for Gardens wants everyone to have a healthy food future. Public schools, charter schools, private schools with a non-profit status, and non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a school are all eligible to apply. Schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds as long as the equipment is needed for an edible garden. The application for the grant will open in October 2017.
While technically not an edible garden grant program, this honey bee grant program still helps children learn about the environment and nature. The Honey Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. There are three grant options: 1) a monetary grant of $1,500 to support a honey bee hive educational program; 2) equipment grant of a custom-made indoor observation hive; and 3) an equipment grant of an outdoor hive with starter kit. All equipment grants include a small monetary grant, covering the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project. Application opens on Sept. 1 with Letters of Intent due on Oct. 31.
There is a huge list of grants available for school gardens. We can help narrow down the list and find grants specific to your needs with a Grant Opportunity Search. Look at our list of services to find out more information. Or feel free to contact us today for a free consultation.