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 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.
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. 2018 applications were by invitation only. Stay posted to learn the requirements for 2019.
Honey Bee Grant This grant funds the installation of honey bee hives in schools. Application opens later 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 will open again later in 2019.
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 are due annually on September 30th.
Gro100 This grant funds the establishment and expansion of gardens designed with pollinators, food access, and public green spaces in mind. Applications will open later 2019.
GroMore Grassroots Grant This partnership between Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening provides funding for new and/or expanding youth garden programs and green spaces. Successful applicants will demonstrate their commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of their garden program. 150 grants of $500 are available, and 25 of $1,000. This program is open to all nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations–this includes schools! Applications are due February 15th, 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.
Nature Works Everywhere Public and charter schools throughout the United States are eligible for grants up to $2,000. Applications for 2019 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, 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 open later 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 open later 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.