Grants Opportunities for School Gardens

Below you will find links to a number of grants that are appropriate for school gardens. However, this is by no means an exhaustive list! Many garden programs have found funding by applying for small grants from location organizations. Check in with local non-profits and small businesses in your area to begin your grant search!

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.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Watch Us Sprout - Due April 15: 
Learn more here and apply here. The Watch Us Sprout program will provide funding to start a new school garden or expand or support an existing one. Anthem will donate a $500 grant to schools to buy garden materials such as seeds, dirt, boxes for raised beds, gardening tools, etc. In addition to funding for garden materials, grant recipients may also receive take-home seed packets for students to enjoy and other health promotion materials. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, but are limited to the following counties: Brown, Dane, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marathon, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Portage, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Waukesha, Winnebago, and Wood

Ongoing Grant Opportunities

Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation offers grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 each to public elementary or middle level schools in Wisconsin that wish to establish a school garden or to enhance an existing school garden program.  Applications are due annually in October; see the Foundation's website for more details and an application form.

Carton 2 Garden Grant

Show your students' creativity by re-purposing milk & juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. The school that best uses cartons in their garden will have the chance to win 1 of 14 prizes, with a grand prize valued at $5,000.

Grants for Educators, The National Education Association Foundation

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning.  Their goal is to fund and share successful strategies to education and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures.  There are multiple grant opportunities available to all eligible educational professionals.  

Seeds of Change Grant Program

Annual grant cycle supports gardening efforts across the nation, including school garden. Winners chosen via social media voting.

Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards

Recognizing the need to raise the status of child care teachers and the need for quality child care, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Childcare Foundation created the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards.  Award recipients receive $500-$1,000 for the teacher's personal use and $500 to implement a project. 

Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids provides funding to coalitions to advance coordinated issue advocacy campaigns focused on ending childhood obesity. Healthy food procurement is one of their priority areas. Organizations working to ensure that food and beverages sold and served on government property are healthy may be eligible for funding.

Salad Bars to Schools

Learn how to apply for a free salad bar at your school through this grant program!

USDA Farm to School Grants Program

This national grants program takes place on a yearly cycle. Learn more about the application process by visiting their website and watching the Grant Application Process Webinar. These grants are best-suited for large projects with multiple partners. 

Kitchen Gardens International Sow it Forward Garden Grants Program

This grant is for nonprofit causes, including schools and community gardens, interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that are of general benefit to their community. School gardens have been among past grantees. Applications due January 8, 2016. Check back for 2017 grant cycle.

Annie's Grants for School Gardens:

Fundraising opportunities year round.

Fiskar's Project Orange Thumb: Grants & Garden Makeovers

Applications due yearly in February.

Healthy Classrooms Foundation Grants
Wisconsin's Healthy Classrooms Foundation is offering grants for classrooms and schools that have projects focusing "physical health, nutrition, sexual education, global perspectives, minority disparities, environmental responsibility, and mental and emotional health." 

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

School Orchards via the Fruit Tree 101 Program School and Youth Garden Grants List
Many nationally available grants are listed. Subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter for upcoming grant deadlines and details. 

Grant Wrangler
Search K-12 school grants and awards by grade level, subject area or deadline.

Environmental Education in Wisconsin Grant Information compiles information about a variety of available grants, including grants that can go towards starting or maintaining your garden. Organized by due date.                

American Bloom Grants List 

This website lists many garden-related grants - quite of few of these are aimed at school and community gardens.

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