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Oregon School Garden Grant Opportunities

Identify funding sources for your school garden. National and regional opportunities abound. This page is updated every 3 months to reflect current deadline information.

Find Grants to Fund Your Program!

Oregon Grants

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.

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 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. Not currently accepting applications, keep your eyes peeled for the next application period.

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.

Scotts Miracle Grow   These grants fund fund a variety of school garden programs.

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 for 2019 have closed.

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 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 are currently closed.

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 due May 15th, 2019.

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.