Community and School Garden Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Community and school garden grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) Annie's Grants for Gardens
  • Annie's Grants for Gardens are provided nationwide to K-12 school gardens. Their mission is to help children begin thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. 
  • Annie’s Grants may be used to purchase any equipment appropriate for the development of a garden. Examples of appropriate equipment would include plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. 
  • All eligible applicants must complete an online application to be considered. 
  • Public schools are eligible to apply. Charter schools, nonprofit private schools, school districts, and nonprofit organizations supporting a garden at a public or a nonprofit private school are also eligible to apply. 
  • Grants are provided for edible gardens only. Additionally, at least 75 students must be involved with the garden.
  • Awarded grants range from $3,000 - $5,000. 
  • Deadline: November 2020
2) Herb Society of America Grant Programs 
  • The Herb Society of America's mission is to promote the knowledge and use of herbs. This goal is achieved through educational programs, research, and the sharing of member experiences  with the community.
  • The Society established the Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants program in order to help 3rd through 6th grade teachers throughout the country start herb gardens. This ensures that the use of herbs in teaching elementary school students will continue for years to come. 
  • The Herb Society of America will select 10 schools/classrooms to receive funds to help establish an herb garden.  The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools. 
  • The Society also offers the HSA Research Grant for research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herbs throughout history.
  • Research must define an herb as historically useful for flavoring, medicine, ornament, economic, industrial, or cosmetic purposes.
  • This grant is intended to support small, self-contained research projects over a short period of time. Allowable costs include:
    • compensation for investigators
    • professional and technical assistance
    • research supplies and materials
    • costs of computer time
  • Eligible applicants may be students, professionals, or individuals. Grant recipients will be required to sign a Grant Acceptance Form prior to the award of a grant. Only U.S. residents may apply.
  • All eligible applicants will need to complete an online application.
  • Awarded amounts:
    • Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants: $200
    • HSA Research Grants: $5000
  • Deadline: October 1, 2019
3) Just Energy Foundation
  • As an initiative of the Just Energy Group, the Just Energy Foundation is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the United States and Canada. 
  • Funding is provided for programs with the mission to build sustainable schoolyard gardens.
  • The Foundation focuses on communities where Just Energy or its subsidiaries operate. 
  • Eligible applicants will include educational and volunteer nonprofits, as well as public schools. All applicants should contact the Foundation via email at [email protected] to begin the application process. 
  • The Foundation can also be reached via mail at:
          Just Energy Foundation
          6345 Dixie Rd., Suite 200
          Mississauga, ON, L5T 2E6
  • Awarded monetary amounts are not specified. 
  • Deadline: None 
4) Whole Kids Foundation
  • The mission of the Whole Kids Foundation is to support schools and inspire families to improve children's nutrition and wellness. 
  • Funding is provided through various grant programs. Among the Foundation's programs is the School Garden Grant. This program provides grants to support edible, educational gardens on the grounds of K-12 schools. 
  • All interested applicants must complete an online application. Schools (or nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools) located in the United States or Canada are eligible to apply. The application cycle will open on September 1, 2019. 
  • The amount awarded is $3,000. 
  • Deadline: October 15th, 2019
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