School Garden Grants

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We’ve compiled these resources over years of work in the field. Help us keep them available to teachers and students all over the country.
Grants for School Gardens (cash & in-kind)

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom’s Literacy for Life Grant: Literacy for Life’s $500 grants are designed to initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agricultural literacy. Funds are provided to California educators to support the integration of agriculture into regular classroom instruction.

Community Challenge Grant Program: The City of San Francisco provides funding for ecologically-friendly community improvement projects, such as gardens.

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators: The Herb Society of America strives to share the knowledge and use of garden herbs. The grant of $5,000 is available to educators who are interested in herbal education projects.

National Gardening Association: The NGA awards a number of grants throughout the year, some in partnership with corporations like Subaru and Jamba Juice. Their Kids Gardening website offers a comprehensive list of open grants, past winners, and more.

Carton 2 Garden Contest (see below)
Jamba Juice Grant: KidsGardening.org partners with Jamba Juice to award the “It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies” Garden Grant. Every year, this 60 grants are awards through two cycles. Grantees will receive seeds, equipment, soil, plants, and other materials to educate through garden programs.
Mantis Tiller Garden Grant: Winners of the grant will receive a Mantis Tiller valued at $349. The award supports garden projects of nonprofits, schools, or community gardens. Check the NGA website for the link to the most recent Mantis Tiller grant.
Muhammed Ali Center Peace Garden Grant:Youth gardening programs are encouraged to apply for this grant, which promotes hunger awareness and peace. Preference is given to schools with 50% or more of the student population on free or reduced lunch.

NEA Student Achievement Grant: Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 are awarded to proposed projects that improve student academic achievement in public schools. Projects should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving, deepening knowledge of standards-based subject matter.

PG&E Bright Ideas Grant: Grant amounts range between $1,000 and $10,000 and fund innovative projects relating to energy and environment. Examples of such projects relate to solar energy, sustainability (composting, recycling), and science field trips.

San Francisco Carbon Fund: The San Francisco Carbon Fund provides a range of funding for a variety of projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Commodore Sloat Elementary School (an Education Outside school) received this grant to help turn a section of asphalt into a green space.

Sow it Forward Garden Grant: This grant is offered by Kitchen Gardeners International for nonprofit organizations interested in starting or expanding food garden projects. A full grant has a $500 value, composed of a cash grant of $300 to $400, seeds, and gift certificates for garden supplies.

Target Field Trip Grants: Target has made it possible for millions of school children to go on a field trip through their $700 field trip grant.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants for Grades K-5: K-5 grade teachers are invited to use Toshiba America Foundation’s short application form to describe a set of lessons or a hands-on project they would like to introduce in their own classrooms. With the Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Regional Model Grants: EPA’s Office of Environmental Education grants program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment.

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program: Local grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 from Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics facilities are awarded to support the needs of the local community through several primary focus areas, including sustainability and healthy eating.

Western Growers Foundation: Throughout each year Western Growers Foundation offers California and Arizona schools the opportunity to apply for various grants. These grants may be specific to a region and/or specific to a grade level.

Annie’s Grants for Gardens: Annie’s offers grants to school gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.
Bonnie Plants’ 3rd Grade Kids Cabbage Program (see below)
California Fertilizer Foundation: Teachers interested in starting or expanding a school garden are invited to apply for one of 24 CFF School Garden Grants of $1,200 plus educational materials.
California Native Garden Foundation’s Garden Design Grant: Each year CNGF makes grants to K-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education. Types of support include garden design services, in-kind donations of plants and landscape materials, volunteer assistance, and direct financial assistance. Grant amounts are limited to $1,000 for in-kind assistance, $500 in direct cash assistance, and $5,000 for design services.
California ReLeaf Grant: Incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community based groups in California are invited to apply for this grant to purchase, plant and then maintain trees on public land.
Captain Planet Foundation: The Captain Planet Foundation awards grants of up to $2,500 to hands on projects that promote understanding of environmental issues in youth.
Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grants: Since its inception, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb provided over $1 million to 115 community groups and helped to complete nine garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada.
Literacy for Life Grants: California teachers are eligible to apply for these grants of up to $500 to be used for projects that promote agricultural literacy.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant: Lowe’s will donate $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups—at more than 1,000 different public schools per school year.
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation: FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.
Wild Ones’ Seeds for Education Grants: Wild Ones is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the use of natural landscaping with native plant species as an ecologically better alternative to traditional landscaping practices. Schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning (including houses of worship) with a site available for this stewardship project may apply for an SFE grant.
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant: The School Garden Grant Program is a collaboration between Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps. To be eligible for the $2,000 School Garden Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Contests

Bonnie Plants’ 3rd Grade Kids Cabbage Program: Bonnie Plants delivers millions of free cabbage plants each year to students in third grade classes throughout the country. The program offers students a chance to get a unique, hands-on gardening experience through growing colossal cabbages, reaping hefty harvests, and holding high hopes to win “best in state” and receive a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.

Carton 2 Garden Contest: KidsGardening.org has partnered with Evergreen Packaging to run this contest. Using empty milk and juice cartons, contestants design and construct structures to be used in the garden and document their experience. Awards of $2,500 and $1,000 are given to winners.

Green Thumb Challenge: The Green Thumb Challenge awards a $250 prize to school and youth group gardens who best chronicle their garden projects through either video, a digital portfolio, or artwork.

Lexus Eco Challenge: Lexus has a total of $500,000 dollars to award to teams who work on providing practical solutions to problems relating to air, water, land, and climate. This STEM contest is open to grades 6 to 12, so middle schoolers are encouraged to enter!
Crowdfunding

Annie’s Garden Funder: Annie’s is committed to helping school gardens grow. Through Annie’s Garden Funder on CrowdRise, schools can create fundraisers to receive online cash donations. Since 2008, Annie’s has donated money to support over 270 school gardens.

DonorsChoose.org: DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit organization where public school teachers in need of funding can start a request for project materials. DonorsChoose.org takes donations from people nationwide and ships project materials to the school.
Additional Resources

Another good website to visit is GardenABCs, where there is grant application advice and a list of grants and contests.
Corporate Volunteers/Service Days: Education Outside is working to organize work days at our partner schools, using volunteer groups from local companies. If you have a big build project, you might be eligible. Keep in touch with your regional service member to learn about future opportunities. Alternatively, your school could also reach out on its own to local college alumni groups and organizations for volunteer service days.
Local Agencies/Resources:
​SF Rec & Park runs an urban agriculture resource center monthly, offering free classes and gardening materials, such as soil and mulch.
Yard to Gardens is a website that allows local residents to share gardening supplies with each other.
SFUAA, San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance, provides a time to share garden resources during monthly meetings.
Visit our Horticultural Resources page to find out where to obtain more materials from seed companies, nurseries, and organizations.