School Garden Grants

Find funding for your school garden! National and regional opportunities abound.

Oregon Grants

Oregon Department of Education    Though closed for the 2018 academic year, applications will become available for 2019 later this year. ODE offers programmatic and procurement grants, touching on all aspects of farm to school. Awarded grants can exceed $50,000.

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.

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.

Additional grant opportunities for agricultural education can be found here.

National Grants

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 2018.

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. The next application cycle will begin Fall 2018.

Honey Bee Grant    This grant funds the installation of honey bee hives in schools. Application opens Fall 2018.

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 will open again later in 2018.

Project Learning Tree    Project Learning Tree offers the GreenWorks! grant, which funds service learning opportunities that connect classroom learning with real world experiences. Applicants must have attended a Project Learning Tree workshop. Applications will open again later 2018.

Gro100    This grant funds the establishment and expansion of gardens designed with pollinators, food access, and public green spaces in mind. Applications are open, and close February 19th, 2018.

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. Applications for 2018 are not yet open.

Nature Works Everywhere    Public and charter schools throughout the United States are eligible for grants up to $2,000. Applications for 2018 are not yet open.

$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, 2018.

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 have closed for 2018, but stay tuned for the next grant cycle!

Cultivating Healthy Communities    School garden projects furthering healthier choices are invited to apply to this grant program through Aetna, due April 18th, 2018. 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!

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. Grant applications must be submitted by Tuesday, May 14, 2018.

Grant Writing How-To’s

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.