It may seem like a strange time to start looking for grants for a school garden since the days are getting shorter. Most school garden grant deadlines are in the fall, however, so there is time for planning and execution of the grant money before the actual planting of gardens need to occur in the spring. Below we have collected a few grant opportunities to help you in your funding.
If you need assistance pitching your garden idea to a principal or school board here are a few benefits of a school garden. You may want to mention one or more of these in your grant application:
- Teaches children about the environment, environmental stewardship.
- Teaches concepts of nutrition, healthy eating.
- Improves language arts through garden journaling.
- Garden design and layout can teach visual arts.
- Math concepts taught through space planning, water needs.
- Develops understanding of related science topics such as photosynthesis and insect impacts.
- Allows for hands-on learning, a new way to engage students outside the classroom.
Safer Brand is offering $500 school garden grants. You can apply for the Safer School Garden Grant by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “School Garden Grant." Information that needs to be included in the email can be found on the website. Send your submission in between Sept. 1 to Dec. 1. Schools must be located in the United States.
KidsGardening.org has been sponsoring an annual youth garden grant since 1982. This program can help establish a new school garden or maintain/update an existing program. The request for applications is usually issued each fall with awards made early the following year, in time for building and planting in the spring. Look for the 2017 Youth Garden Grant application in October. In 2016, 20 youth garden programs were selected to win a package valued at over $500.
Gardening Know How is sponsoring a school and community garden sponsorship program. This year they will be awarding 10 sponsorships to 10 selected gardens. Each sponsorship will be for $1,000. Applications are accepted until Sept. 30. While this deadline is coming quickly the application is only sending an email which can be accomplished quickly and easily. Simply tell Gardening Know How why your school or community garden would be the best choice by sending an email to email@example.com.
This grant program has funded more than 350 gardens since 2008. Grant money can be used to begin a school garden program or to expand/update an ongoing project. This year’s grant winners have already been announced, but applications for next year’s program will reopen in November. Check the site then for details on how to apply and how much you can request. Bluffton High School in South Carolina was a 2016 Annie’s Grants for Gardens award winner. The recipients used the money to assist their Sustainable Outdoor Inquiry Learning Project (SOIL). This is a small garden in which science students, special needs students, and the Environmental Club members compost, collect rainwater, and garden in raised beds built from recycled materials.
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