School Garden Grant Opportunities


NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.

Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for school garden funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for school garden grants, please fill out the form to the right.

Gardening Know How is sponsoring a school and community garden sponsorship Program. Applications are accepted until September 30. This year they will be awarding 10 sponsorships to 10 selected gardens. Each sponsorship will be for $1,000.

Safer Brand is giving away a $500 school garden grant. You can apply for the Safer School  Garden Grant by sending an email to with the subject line “School Garden Grant."  Send your submission in between Sept. 1 to Dec. 1. See more details on the website.

Nature Hills Nursery’s Green America Award supports community improvement projects by providing trees, bushes, shrubs, and more. Some examples of winning projects include reclaiming abandoned lots to create an orchard that will provide fruit to low-income residents, developing or refurbishing landscaping in a community park, using plants to create a soil erosion control plan along hillsides or river banks, etc. In 2012, awards ranged from $500-$2,000, and awards are given in plan materials, such as trees, bushes, seeds, etc., not actual dollars.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers their Shade Structure Grant Program to public schools and nonprofit organizations. Grants of up to $8,000 are awarded for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun. Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and provide services to people 18 years of age and younger.

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.  

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) offers the farm to school program with the goal of bringing 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 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 GRO1000 grant program, sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro, is an annual grant program to fund community gardens through 2018. Government entities, school districts, and non profit organizations are eligible to apply for these grants. There are two grant categories: Grassroots Grants and Showcase Grants. Grassroots Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to local communities to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens, and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. Showcase Grants are awarded directly to mayors for the installment of edible gardens, public gardens, and green space development. Programs that show a positive impact on the community, involvement of area youth, a health and wellness benefit, and plan to donate some of the food to those in need are given priority in funding. Deadlines are usually February of each year.

Annie’s believes that gardens are “places for kids to connect to real food, explore new flavors and talk about where our food comes from.” Educational organizations and schools can apply for funding from the organic food producer. Projects that receive funding should combine youth and education with gardening. The next round of grant funding will begin in the fall.