Garden Funding Opportunities
Youth Garden Grants sponsored by Home Depot
Who May Apply: K-12 teachers, educators, coordinators, and parents.
Details: Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years.Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups are eligible. Priority will be give to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements: Educational focus or curricular/program integration, nutrition or plant-to-food connections, environmental awareness/education, entrepreneurship, and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning.
Amount: 95 $500 awards, 5 $1,000 awards
Deadline: Dec. 12, 2011
More Info: http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants-and-awards
2012 Project Orange Thumb Grants, Fiskars
Who may apply: Non-profits in U.S. and Canada
Details: The Project Orange Thumb® Grant Program is intended to recognize projects that will make differences in their communities through unique community garden initiatives while demonstrating and communicating how a small group of people can make changes that affect and involve the entire community. Project Orange Thumb® is intended to promote new garden space; therefore the applicant's effort must involve a new garden, meaning that a garden must not have previously existed in the space(s) identified in the application.
Amount: $3,500 and Fiskars items totaling $1,500
Deadline: Dec 5, 2011
More Info: http://www2.fiskars.com/GardenMakeoverRulesandRegulations
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Who may apply: Schools and organizations with less than $3 Million annual operating budget
Details: Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is to: promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Preferential consideration given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their program.
Amount: Limited to $2,500 and
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011
More info: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/default.aspx?pid=3&tab=apply
Whole Foods Foundation School Garden Grant
Who may apply: Nonprofit organizations or nonprofit K-12 schools developing or currently maintaining a school garden project that will help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Details: Garden projects may be at any stage of development; planning, construction or operation. For cases in which an applicant facilitates garden projects in more than one school, multiple garden grants may be requested under a single application. In occasional cases, additional funds may be awarded for special projects. In selecting grant recipients, priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders. There is a limit of one garden grant per school.
Deadline: December 31, 2011
More info: http://wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants-application.php
Windham Foundation Grants
Who may apply: Non-profits with active programs in Vermont
Details: Since its founding in 1963, the Windham Foundation has provided more than $10 million in grants to non-profit organizations to serve its mission of "promoting Vermont's rural communities". Particular emphasis is given to projects which enhance the unique qualities of Vermont's small town life, support its natural and working landscape, sustain Vermont's social, cultural and natural resources or preserve Vermont's history and traditions while enhancing day-to-day community life.
Amount: $2,000-$3,000,compelling projects with larger requests considered
Deadline: February 17, 2012
More Info: http://www.windham-foundation.org/programs/grants/application-process.html
Mantis Tiller Grants
Who May Apply: K-12 teachers, educators, garden coordinators, parents, and interested parties.
Details: In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens, and many others. Applicants must operate a charitable or educational program that is not-for-profit. The tiller may not be used as a prize for fundraising (e.g., auction or raffle).
Amount: 25 programs will each receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and their choice of gas-powered 2-cycle engine or electric motor. Total value $349.00.
Deadline: March 1st, 2012
More Info: http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants/2012-mantis-awards-community-and-youth-gardens
Healthy Living Grants, Cabot Creamery
Who may apply: Schools with matching funds seeking to improve kids' health through exercise, nutrition and/or information.
Details: Cabot is an enthusiastic supporter of our communities' efforts to improve our kids' health through exercise, better nutrition and lots of fun knowledge. Cabot created the matching grant process to encourage schools to reach out to their own local businesses, cooperatives, parent clubs and others. Doing this supports sustainability for the initiative, provides awareness about a school's new healthy living idea and encourages participation by community members.
Amount: matching funds of up to $200 for any qualifying program
Deadline: open, requests due at least 6 weeks before funding is needed
More info: http://www.cabotcheese.coop/pages/community_and_you/school_grants.php