The gardeners must be getting the itch to plan their gardens as we have gotten numerous requests lately for grants for community and school gardens. We have received requests for grants for gardens that will simply beautify a community. Some requests are more a necessity, to grow food for people without access to fruits and vegetables. Schools have been asking for grants to add a garden to their school curriculum, to teach healthy eating, nutrition, and science. No matter why you want to start or upgrade a garden, below are some grant opportunities that may help you.
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Scotts Miracle Gro is supporting the creation of community gardens around the country. Any non-profit organization is eligible to apply, and suitable projects could be the creation of green spaces, outdoor places to learn at schools, or the growing of food to support a community. Last year examples of grants included the a creation of a child sensory garden in Detroit, MI and an educational program for Rochester, NY residents to learn about urban agriculture. Applications are being accepted until Feb. 22. Approximately 120 grants are awarded yearly and most grants are $500. A selection of the highest-scoring applicants will receive $1,500.
Donald Samull was an elementary school teacher who loved to use herbs to teach his 3rd-6th grade classrooms. He wanted to make sure that love continued, so when he passed away he started an estate that provided herb gardens grants for teachers in grades 3-6. Eligible public or private teachers must have a minimum of 15 students in their classes. The grant program is run by The Herb Society of America. The society will award indoor window sill herb gardens to four schools each year. The classrooms selected will receive three windowsill herb garden kits including pots, soil, seeds and educational materials to use in the classroom. The Herb Society of America will also select five schools/classrooms to receive $200 "seed money" to establish an outdoor herb garden. The 2016 application is due Oct. 1.
Fiskars is a proud sponsor of the Project Orange Thumb grant program. This grant provides tools and resources to help communities throughout the country. Fundable programs include neighborhood beautification, healthy and sustainable food sources, and community collaboration. This program has awarded over $1.6 million to more than 160 community groups since it started in 2002. The 2016 grant application window has closed. Check back early in 2017 for the new deadlines.
Annie’s offers grants for schools and other educational programs to start a school garden. The grant program started in 2008 and has funded more than 295 school gardens since that time. Spring 2015 grants went to 25 different schools throughout the country. Waverly-Belmont Elementary School in Nashville, TN plans to use its new urban garden to supplement the free lunch program at their school and incorporate the garden into the curriculum. Students will also learn the importance of seasonal eating and sustainable gardening. The yearly applications for this grant program has closed. It will reopen in November 2016.
These grants might not seem large compared to others, but may provide the seed you need to grow your grant funding capabilities. Enrich your efforts with a free consultation with one of our grant helpers followed by a Grant Opportunity Search or any of our other grant services. We will help you find the funding you need. Contact us today.
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