There are lots of resources out there to help fund garden projects. This is just a smattering. But it’s a start.
**And remember, you don’t only have to go after gardening grants. There are also grants for health, STEM education, art, literature, food and nutrition, exercise and the outdoors, science and social studies, and cooking.
GRO1000 Grassroots Grants: $1500 to local communities committed to edible gardens, green spaces, and flower gardens.
Sent over by our friend Liz Driscoll at NC State:
The National Gardening Association has 150 awards open to schools, youth groups, and community gardens at present and more expected to open as the year goes on! They are offering 50 of our awards to any and all international garden programs as well as United States based youth gardens. You can visit: http://grants.kidsgardening.org/
2014 Mantis Tiller Award: Applications Due March 7th, 2014
Mantis and Kidsgardening.org proudly present the 2014 Mantis Tiller Awards! For the past 18 years, this program has provided 25 tillers to gardening programs across the United States. In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens, and many others.
The NC Office of Environmental Educations posts all sorts of grants for gardens on its site.
Let’s Move Faith and Communities: funding from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program
Green Thumb Challenge: $1000 for K-12 gardens
Wal-Mart grants: $250-$2,500. For all kinds of reasons.
Growing Local grants from NC Ag in the Classroom: $500 to teachers, from the county Farm Bureaus
National Recreation and Park Association Grow Your Garden grants: $2,500 to $7,500 and may be used to build/expand community garden facilities or programs that result in the donation of produce. Application here.
ING Unsung Heroes: $2000 for innovative class projects to 100 educators (AND! Of the one hundred finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. First place will receive $25,000; second place will receive $10,000; and the third-place winner will receive $5,000.)
Sow it Forward garden grants: up to $600 (cash + seeds + more)
Fiskars Grant and Garden Makeover: $5000 in cash and tools
Blue Cross Blue Shield Equipment AND Healthy Eating Grants: $5000 (Equipment Grant proposals due in late October; Healthy Eating in February–gardens are eligible for both!)
- Youth Garden Grant: Home Depot gift cards (gift cards at $1,000 and $500)
- Muhammed Ali Peace Center Garden Grant: $500 ($400 in gardening supplies and $100 for soil amendments and plants
- Sip to Support a Garden: NGA with Jamba Juice: $500 ($150 to be used to purchase soil amendments and fruit and vegetable plantings and $350 in gardening supplies including composters, planters, tools, and a curriculum guide
- Mantis Awards for Community and Youth Gardens: Mantis tiller/cultivators
Operation Green Plant America The Beautiful Fund: free seeds
Project Learning Tree: up to $1000 for school and community gardens
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants: $2,000 and $5,000 per school
Home Depot Community Impact Grants: up to $5000
Annie’s Grants for Gardens: up to $250
Fiskars Project Orange Thumb: up to $5000 in cash and tools
Captain Planet Foundation: up to $2500
EPA Environmental Education Grants: $15,000-$100,000
These sites list a whole bunch of different grant opportunities.