Grant Opportunities

We have listed many grant opportunities below. If a grant deadline has expired, check the grantor's website to see if they are offering a similar program currently. 

National Trust for Historic Preservation Grants

HOW TO OBTAIN A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY TO START A GARDENING PROJECT. The USA is a benevolent society (some say TOO benevolent for its own good), and so it is not surprising to discover that the government, through the USDA, offers grants to gardening projects that can be considered beneficial to the community. To see what we mean, go to the government's 'give-away' website by entering Government Subsidies as a search. Or enter CSREES.usda.org, which stands for Government State Research, Education and Extension Service, and click on Grants. The grant system is operated by the USDA, and their website explains how to qualify for a grant to fund a gardening project. Then enter several search possibilities. For example, you might check 'Grants for individuals', 'Grants for small businesses', Grants for an educational program' and others. The governments hands out 10 billion dollars in subsidies PER MONTH, and it has many unclaimed subsidies for which you may qualify by filling in a sample application. Show that your proposal will benefit the community or prove educational and there is a possibility you will receive a non-returnable grant. The website even offers a disk with step-by-step instructions and advice.

For example, you might live in an urban area with a high incidence of teenage crime caused by lack of cultural or creative amenities. The establishment of a community garden could be seen as a means of channeling all that teenage energy into gardening and away from crime, resulting in produce that can feed needy families or to supply a local soup kitchen. By presenting case histories of other initiatives, and enlisting the endorsement of community leaders such as clergymen, teachers, the police and even a congressman, and presenting a plan that includes a budget and realistic expectations, it's possible to obtain a government grant. The government especially favors community gardening projects, and so before you write your grant application contact the American Community Gardening Association ( info@communitygarden.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) where you can obtain useful instruction and download a list of community gardens in your area. The Association can advise you how to generate interest, deal with local government and other landowners, and establish rules for management of the site, including annual fees, a water source, establish a fence to keep out intruders, and allocate individual responsibilities.

40 Grants for Youth and School Programs

Raise a smoothie to NGA’s 40th Anniversary! Jamba Juice is celebrating 40 years growing gardens with 40 grants for youth and school programs across the United States. The “All About the Fruits and Veggies” grant program provides youth garden initiatives with $500 in gardening supplies, curriculum, soil amendments and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. Learn more.

GRO1000 Grassroots Grants: Deadline: February 18
The grants are part of the larger GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, which is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to create move than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. The grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to civic organizations nationwide. The application for the 2014GRO1000 Grassroots Grants is available online at: http://www.grogood.com/GiveBackToGro/Gro1000/Grassroots.

California Grants

http://ca.gov/grants.html

Provides links to grants in many areas. Not in California? Google to see if your state has a similar resource.

Foundation Center

http://foundationcenter.org

Search this site for a wide variety of grants from diverse funders.

Grants for public art

http://www.artplaceamerica.org/loi/

Grants for creative placemaking

 http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town


Project Orange Thumb - Grant

http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Project-Orange-Thumb

Since its inception, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb provided over $1.3 million to 125 community groups and helped to complete nine garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada. This year 10 applicants will receive $5000 in cash and tools to help support their goals in neighborhood beautification and horticulture education. You can apply online at the link above. 

National Trust for Historic Preservation
http://www.preservationdirectory.com/PreservationBlogs/ArticleDetail.aspx?id=2302&catid=18
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is inviting applications from nonprofit organizations with current 501(c)3 status, as well as local governments and public agencies, for its National Trust Preservation Fund/ NTPF grants. Matching grants from the NTPF are awarded annually in three competitive rounds – February 1, June 1, and October 1 - and may be used for a variety of preservation projects.

I Can Grow Youth Garden Award
www.BurpeeHomeGardens.com/ICanGrow
The Youth Garden Award supports urban school and community gardens in cities across the United States. The awards will be presented to established or start-up programs that demonstrate well-developed and staffed plans for a youth-centered educational program, with emphasis on nutrition and food production, environmental awareness, social responsibility, and scholastic integration. Winners will get up to 500 vegetable and herb plants from Burpee Home Gardens, as well as $2,500 in garden supplies, on-site garden layout and installation assistance, Daniels Plant Food, and a Flip camera to document their progress.

National Education Association's Green Across America

www.neamb.com/green
Teachers can apply for up to $1,000 to help implement an innovative education program, activity, lesson or event to excite students about going green, caring for the earth and creating a sustainable future.

Nature’s Path Gardens for Good Grant
http://www.justmeans.com/take-action/GardenGrantContest
With the mission to increase organic acreage nationwide and provide every American with access to high quality, healthy and organic food, Nature’s Path is launching the “Gardens for Good Grant” organic garden contest with the help of Organic Gardening magazine in which two communities will receive $25,000 value grant package toward starting organic gardens. Through the campaign, dedicated community members and organizations can nominate and vote to provide funding, garden design, technical assistance, and fund raising support to two deserving communities.

Revelation to Action Competition
http://www.changemakers.com/Revelation
Believing that real change starts at home, the hosts will find and help fund the most innovative ideas to inspire community action and improve communities located in Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, or Massachusetts. Award winners are competing for 10 prizes of $5,000 each.

America's Greenest School
http://www.americasgreenestschool.com
Show your classmates, teachers, parents and future generations you really care about the sustainability of the world we live in by entering the 2010 America’s Greenest School ContestSM.

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators

http://www.herbsociety.org/edgrant.php
The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant recognizes innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). It requires learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes.

Fruit Tree 101
http://www.ftpf.org/fruittree101.htm
This program of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation brings fruit tree orchards to schoolyards, so students can make a positive environmental impact at their school, while creating a source of tasty snacks for decades to come.


Gardenburger Community Garden Grants
www.gardenburger.com/Grants.aspx
Gardenburger™ Community Garden Grants were conceived as a way to encourage everyone to eat well by giving them access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and to support the spirit of community that comes from nurturing a shared plot of land.

Syngenta IPM in School Gardens Grant
http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants/syngenta.asp
Syngenta is sponsoring the Syngenta IPM in School Gardens Grant to support educators using school gardens as a tool for teaching students about integrated pest management strategies in the garden and on farms.

Home Depot's Building Healthy Communities Grant Program
http://corporate.homedepot.com/wps/portal/Grants
Grants, up to $2,500, are now available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. who are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase or tools or materials.

Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards
http://www.naturehills.com/green_america_awards.aspx
The Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards recognize nonprofit organizations that are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees, bushes, and shrubs to make their communities a better place to live.

ING Unsung Heros
http://www.ing-usa.com/us/aboutING/CorporateCitizenship/Education/INGUnsungHeroes/index.htm
Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund innovative class projects. Three Unsung Heros receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

Save Our History
http://www.history.com/minisites/saveourhistory/
Save Our History awards a total of $250,000 to history organizations that partner with schools or youth groups on preservation projects that engage students in learning about, documenting, and preserving the history of their communities.

Healthy Sprouts Award
http://www.kidsgardening.com/healthysprouts.asp
These awards support school and youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States. Recipients receive gift certificates from Gardener's Supply Company (the top 5 receive a $500 certificate and 15 more receive a $200 certificate), NGA's Eat a Rainbow Kit, seeds, and supporting literature. {|}

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Giving Programs
http://www.buildabear.com/aboutus/community/grants/
Champ-A Champion Fur Kids grants for children’s health and wellness are awarded twice each year to programs with measurable outcomes that make the world a healthier and happier place for kids.

Inspired by Bulbs! Educational Grant
www.thebulbproject.com/wiki/index.php?title=Inspired_by_Bulbs_Grant
Submit a description of a project that features a flowering bulb-planting effort with children or youth at a school or other organization, and yours may be one of 10 projects selected to receive a grant of $250 in bulbs.

Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award
www.kidsgardening.org/grants/heinz.asp
Designed to foster family-focused garden efforts in communities across the country, the Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award will provide 57 families with the tools needed to embark on a successful gardening adventure that will foster lasting intergenerational memories while growing wholesome food.

Student Conservation Association Green your School Contest
www.thesca.org/green-your-school
A national competition to stimulate and/or identify conservation service projects designed by high school students to improve, restore, beautify or conserve their high school environment.

Annie's Grants for Gardens 
http://www.annies.com/grants_for_gardens
Annie's offers a limited number of small grants to community gardens, school gardens, and other educational programs that connect children directly to gardening. These funds may be used to buy gardening tools, seeds, or other gardening supplies.

Outdoor Classroom Grant Program
http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper, and National Geographic Explorer! classroom magazine have partnered to create an outdoor classroom grant. The goal is to provide schools with additional resources to improve their science curriculum by engaging students in hands-on experiences outside the traditional classroom. All K–12 public schools in the United States are welcome to apply.

Operation Green Plant - Free Seed Grants
www.america-the-beautiful.org/free_seeds/index.php
America the Beautiful Fund's Operation Green Plant program is offering grants of FREE SEEDS (vegetable, flower, or herb) to encourage citizen efforts to protect and preserve America’s lands and resources.

Green America Awards
www.naturehills.com/green_america_awards.aspx
Presented annually to groups and organizations that are making a difference in their communities. We are looking for community groups who are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees, bushes and shrubs to make their communities a better place to live.

Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program
http://www.bonnieplants.com/CabbageProgram/tabid/81/Default.aspx
Each year, Bonnie Plants distributes free cabbage plants to third graders across the country to foster an interest in gardening and the environment. Students in these third grade classrooms each get their very own cabbage to plant, take care of and harvest. The cabbages are the O.S. Cross variety, which are known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids. As part of the program, Bonnie awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state.

Hooked on Hydroponics Awards
www.kidsgardening.com/grants/hoh.asp  
Classroom hydroponics offers eager students loads of opportunities to explore concepts across the curriculum, from biology to economics. Thirty-six winning programs receive a compact hydroponics package that includes everything required to grow plants successfully indoors. Sponsored by The Grow Store in conjunction with ProgressiveGardening.org.

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund 
www.for-wild.org/sfecvr.html
This nonprofit gives small grants to schools and other educational organizations committed to creating natural landscapes using native plants.

Mantis Awards
www.kidsgardening.com/grants/mantis-criteria.asp
Mantis sponsors this award program in support of charitable and educational garden programs that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. NGA will select 25 gardens to receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator. We welcome applications from all nonprofits; past winners include community gardens, schools, ministries, colleges, master gardening groups, and hospices.

U.S. Potato Board School Wellness Grants
www.healthypotato.com 
The U.S. Potato Board and the School Nutrition Foundation will award ten grants of $2,500 to public elementary schools for equipment and/or educational programs that will help move children toward healthier diets and improve their overall wellness.

Shade Structure Grant Program
www.aad.org/public/sun/grants.html
To assist organizations in creating sun-safe outdoor areas, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has announced the availability of grant applications for its Shade Structure Program. Any U.S. nonprofit organization or educational institution may apply for permanent shade structures for outdoor areas not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, and eating areas.

Environmental Excellence Awards
http://www.swbg-animals.org/conservation-matters/eea/index.htm
Recognizing the outstanding efforts of K-12 students and teachers across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.

Grants for Community Improvement Programs
www.myhometownhelper.com
Hamburger Helper is looking to lend a helping hand to neighborhoods nationwide with its "My Hometown Helper" grant program.

Bayer Advanced "Grow Together with Roses" School Garden Award
http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants/rosegrant.asp
Believing in the power of roses, the Bayer Advanced "Grow Together with Roses" School Garden Award, will help 25 schools establish rose gardens designed to nurture peaceful relations and instill a strong sense of community.

Captain Planet Foundation 
www.captainplanetfoundation.org
Committed to supporting hands-on environmental projects for young people, the foundation provides grants from $250 to $2,500 to school and community groups.

California Fertilizer Foundation
www.calfertilizer.org
The California Fertilizer Foundation provides direct funding to California schools for garden projects. The gardens provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to truly "grow" together. Each year, 24  $1,200 grants for garden projects are available to schools throughout California.

Search for Veggie Champions Contest
http://loveyourveggies.com 
Celebrity Chef Art Smith has teamed with the makers of Hidden Valley ranch dressing to search for moms devoted to getting their kids and communities to love their veggies. Ten lucky moms will be chosen to attend an all-expense-paid trip to Chicago to learn from Art himself fun and exciting ways to help their children love their veggies from plant to plate, as well as a $5,000 grant to put toward their own community garden.

Planet Connect High School Challenge Grants
www.planet-connect.com
Planet Connect is looking for creative ideas to fix local environmental problems and will award 25 students aged 14-19 $1,000 each to support their ideas and provide them with local environmental internships.

Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award
http://neefusa.org/bartlettaward.htm
The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is awarded annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation to an outstanding educator who has successfully integrated environmental education into his or her daily education programs. The award is given to a 5-12 grade educator who can serve as an inspiration and model for others. A $5,000 cash award is provided for the recipient to continue his or her work in environmental education. 

Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards
www.naturehills.com/green_america_awards.aspx 
The Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards recognize nonprofit organizations that are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees, bushes and shrubs to make their communities a better place to live. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,500 gift, the First place winner will receive a $1,500 gift certificate and the second place winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate. The gift certificates can be used to purchase trees, fruit trees, bushes and shrubs, perennials and vegetable seeds.

Save America's Treasures Program 
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=247900016
Matching grants of up to $700,000 will be given to government agencies and nonprofits working to preserve nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts, structures, and sites....

Graffiti Hurts Program
www.graffitihurts.org/
Keep America Beautiful will offer three $2,500 grants, an increase of $500 per grant over 2008 awards. The grants will go to one community with less than 100,000 residents, another community with a population between 100,000 and 300,000, and the third grant will go to a community with more than 300,000 people.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
www.grants.gov
www.eere.energy.gov/wip
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), passed in February, included $3.2 billion for the program, which will help fund city and county efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy. 

My Hometown Helper
www.myhometownhelper.com
“Hamburger Helper” grant program for community projects sponsored by a municipal or civic 501(c)4 organization or public school. Grants up to $15,000.