Identify funding sources for your school garden. National and regional opportunities abound. This page is updated every 3 months to reflect current deadline information.
Oregon Department of Education ODE offers programmatic and procurement grants, touching on all aspects of farm to school. Awarded grants can exceed $50,000. Applications are not yet open for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Oregon Metro Oregon Metro provides information on a variety of grants that seek to further community engagement and time spent outside. The Community Placemaking grants may be especially relevant for school garden programs. The 2019 application period for the placemaking grant has closed.
Portland Garden Club Three grants of $2,500 are awarded each year to non-profits in the Portland Area who seek to further conservation, horticulture, and/or education. The 2019 application period has closed.
Whole Kids Foundation Grants– School Garden, Beehive & Salad Bar Through their grant programs the Whole Kids Foundation is fostering opportunities to connect kids to the root of their food. A school garden, salad bar or beehive can help spark a child’s curiosity and teach them to love fresh, nutritious, whole foods. Bring the joy of a garden or beehive to your school- applications start September 1 and close October 15, 2019. Salad Bar grants are available year round.
Annie’s Grant to Edible School Gardens Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to star thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Deadline: November 1, 2019
American Heart Association Teaching Gardens grants We want every child to develop healthy eating habits, have access to nutritious food and understand where fruits and vegetables come from. That’s where our Teaching Gardens Network comes in. Funding is available, and you’ll get a hands-on learning experience through school garden support and standards-based curriculum. Just apply to our garden grant program, which is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Participating schools get access to free gardening resources, a national garden network, name recognition on our Teaching Gardens Network website and certificate or participation. Deadline: October 11, 2019
2019 CHS Foundation Classroom Grant CHS Foundation provides $500 grants each year to Pre-K-12 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects and agricultural literacy reading programs to name a few. Teachers have until June 30 the following year to complete the project and submit a final report. Only state-certified classroom teachers who are employed by a school district are eligible to apply. In addition, Private school teachers are also eligible to apply. Deadline: September 15, 2019
Green Thumb Challenge Grant It’s that time of year again! GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Deadline: September 30, 2019
Slow Food USA This site features a long list of national grants, along with relevant details for potential applicants.
Shade Structure Program This grant program awards up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profits who install permanent shade structures in outdoor locations that otherwise provide no protection from the sun. Applications open later 2019.
Sponsor-A-Hive Bee Partnerships This grant provides bees and equipment so that people can safely construct, maintain, and observe bees. Participants may receive, honey bees, mason bees, and/or leafcutter bees. A teacher’s kit is also provided. Applications for 2020 open September 2019.
Honey Bee Grant This grant funds the installation of honey bee hives in schools. Applications open September 2019.
The Herb Society of America Elementary school classrooms with 15 or more students are invited to apply for the funds to start an herb garden. Applications are open. All documents must be submitted by October 1st, 2019.
Project Learning Tree Project Learning Tree has previously offered the GreenWorks! grant, which funds service learning opportunities that connect classroom learning with real world experiences. This grant is on hold, but we will keep you posted of future developments!
Scotts Miracle Grow These grants fund fund a variety of school garden programs.
GroMore Grassroots Grant In collaboration with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, The National Head Start Association is honored to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more children and families in the Head Start community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and materials and gardening educational resources. Deadline: October 11, 2019
The Kitchen Community Apply here for funds to start your very own learning garden. This grant requires evidence of an established garden team. Check to be sure that they are accepting applications for locations in Oregon.
$eed Money Based in Maine, this non-profit provides grant and crowd-funding opportunities for food garden projects around the country. Applications due Nov. 12th, 2019.
Salad Bars to Schools Apply here to start a salad bar in your school cafeteria! Applications are accepted year round.
USDA Farm to School Grant Program Annually, the USDA awards up to $5 million in grants that support farm to school programs. Applications expected to open summer 2019.
Cultivating Healthy Communities School garden projects furthering healthier choices are invited to apply to this grant program through Aetna. In addition to directly addressing healthy behaviors, projects can focus on the built environment, community safety, environmental exposures, and social/economic factors. Up to $2 million in funds will be awarded. There is a two stage application project, so if this looks like a fit, get started! Applications open later 2019.
Look at Agriculture…Organically! These grants are available to K-8 educators nationwide interested in enhancing student understanding of organic agriculture . Receive up to $1,000 for a school garden project. Schools with 50% or more students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are closed for 2019.
Purdue Online Writing Lab This fabulous resource introduces aspiring and weathered grant writers grantmaker rules, tips for clarity and specificity, and added details for proposals with a science focus.
Berkeley College of Letters and Science Offers grantwriting tips that cover the humanities, sciences and social sciences. A list of additional resources is included.
The Oregon Community Foundation This resource provides 7 quick tips for planning your grant that will ease the work of writing. This resource may help you craft an outline.