Below you will find links to a number of grants related to garden-based education. Many garden programs have also found funding by applying for small grants from local organizations, so be sure to check in with local non-profits and small businesses in your area!
While grants are a popular and effective way to provide funding for school garden programs, they are certainly not the only way. Take a look at our Funding Your School Garden Program brief for more ideas on how to fund your school garden.
Community Services Grant
February 1, 2020
Attention Madison Area Master Gardener Association (MAMGA) members, Dane County community gardens and schools districts, MAMGA Gardening Project Grant Applications are being accepted for gardening and horticulture projects for the 2019-20 calendar year! Grant applications will be accepted between October 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020. Grant awards will be announced on or about Feb 14, 2020.
The purpose of these grants is to help support school garden and public non-profit community gardening projects located within the Dane County area. A MAMGA Master Gardener must sponsor a project. MAMGA Gardening Project Grants cannot be used to benefit individual home gardens or private businesses. Individual grant applications may request up to but not more than $500. Grant funds may be used for seeds, plants, fertilizer, mulch, tools and garden infrastructure, etc. but not for paid labor. There are a number of sources in Madison for free seeds, seedlings and other forms of assistance that may help match the resources requested in your grant. Grant applications, guidance and scoring details may be found on the MAMGA website. If you have questions, contact Sally Kefer and please see grant instructions here.
2020 Gro More Food Grassroots Grant
February 14, 2020
The 2020 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. Awards provide funding for the development of new and expansion of existing youth garden programs and greenspaces serving 15 or more youth. Winners will be selected based on their commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of their garden program including plans for growth and future fiscal stability.
The grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. Learn more and apply here.
2019-2020 Carton-2-Garden Contest
April 1, 2020
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present our sixth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest! Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.
Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Looking for ideas? Check out last year’s winners for inspiration and visit us on Facebook, and Twitter for tips, activities, and lessons. Learn more and apply here.