Photo: Woodland Elementary garden, Gages Lake, Ill.

Photo: Columbia Housing and Redevelopment Community Garden, Columbia, Tenn.

Photo: Bay View School Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Photo: North Junior High Garden-to-Plate Class, Boise, Idaho

Photo: From the Ground Up in the Community garden with the Capital Area Food Bank and Children of Mine Center, Washington, D.C.

Photo: Woodland Elementary garden, Gages Lake, Ill.

Photo: Wee Gardeners, Greensboro, N.C. 

Photo: Woodland Elementary garden, Gages Lake, Ill.

Photo: Julien Elementary School garden, Turlock, Calif. 

Photo: Woodland Elementary garden, Gages Lake, Ill.

Photo: Woodland Elementary garden, Gages Lake, Ill.

Photo: Woodland Elementary garden, Gages Lake, Ill.


Following is a list of grant opportunities for school and community garden projects.  Keeping this list up-to-date is a challenge, so check our blog or Facebook page for current deadline information.

Grant Help

Grant Application Advice: Native Plant Gardens for Schools and Urban Areas - Betsey Landis © 2009.  Landis shares how to avoid basic pitfalls of the grant application process, especially grants with specialized funding requirements.  Great advice for any garden project seeking funding.

Grants and Contests

American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Program 

Awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations to install permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. 

American Honda Foundation 

Funding for youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

Annual Youth Garden Grant 

The Home Depot and National Gardening Association

Arizona School Garden Grant - Western Growers Foundation 

Annie’s Grants for Gardens

Donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens to help connect kids to real food.

California Fertilizer Foundation School Garden Grant Program 

California Native Garden Foundation 

Native garden design grants.

Captain Planet Foundation 

Annually funds projects involving children and young adults; recipients are often schools and non-profits that propose projects promoting understanding of environmental issues.

Chefs Move to Schools 

The program pairs chefs with interested schools in their communities to work with teachers, parents and school nutrition professionals to help educate kids about food and nutrition.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program 

USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

Disney's Friends of Change Grants 

Offers young change-makers $500 to gather their friends and turn their creative ideas to help their communities into projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. 

Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant 

The Herb Society of America will select 4 classrooms to receive a $200 grant to establish an outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for soil, plant trays, containers, youth-sized tools, and more.

EPA Environmental Education Grants 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting grant applications for environmental education projects and programs that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens.  

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb 

Winners receive cash and tools to help support their goals of neighborhood beautification and horticulture education.

Fruit Tree 101 

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Stretch Island Fruit Co. are giving fruit trees to K-12 parents who submit their children's school. Trees available for specific markets.

Fuel Up to Play 60 

Funding is available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.

Green Thumb Challenge 

Connects children with nature and the healthy benefits of gardening as part of a nationwide movement to get kids growing. 

Green Your School Challenge 

Do Something is awarding prizes to K-12 schools that reduce their carbon footprint.

Golden Carrot Awards 

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is seeking nominations for its Golden Carrot Awards for outstanding school food service professionals who have developed and implemented a healthful and successful school lunch program.

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators 

The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant recognizes innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person).

Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program 

Provides support to nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities.

The Honeybee Conservancy Sponsor-A-Hive Grant

This materials grant program is designed to support environmental conservation and education.  Ten grants will provide honey or solitary bees, their homes, bee keeping equipment and an Educator’s Guide with lesson plans and activity sheets.  Deadline to apply is Dec. 4.

Illinois DNR Biodiversity Field Trip Grants 

Grants to take your students on a field trip to study some aspect of Illinois' natural or cultural biodiversity.

Illinois DNR Wildlife Habitat Action Grants 

Involve your students in hands-on natural resources stewardship.

Intel Schools of Distinction Awards in Math and Science 

Every year, Intel honors U.S. schools demonstrating excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning environments. To be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put forth by national mathematics and science content standards.

Jamba Juice It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies! 

Funding for gardening supplies, curriculum, soil amendments and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences.

Katie's Krops Vegetable Garden Grant 

Grant to start vegetable gardens to feed people in need.

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program 

Small monetary grants for schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning in the United States.

Levitt Foundation

Children and environment - New York City / Long Island

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education  

Dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school.

Mantis Tiller Awards

Tiller / cultivators awarded to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in communities.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation 

Helping facilitate the development and implementation of holistic environmental curricula that incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities.

NEA Foundation - Nickelodeon Big Help Grants

Dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for addressing five key concerns -- health and wellness, education, service, environmental awareness, and bullying.

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grant Programs

Funding considerations are made based on how well the applicant articulates the nature of the research and education components of their sustainable agriculture grant proposals.

Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grant

Chicago Public Schools only

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant  

Provides grants to PLT trained educators for students to  implement environmental improvement projects. By blending comunity service with the academic curriculum, students are "learning by doing."

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Awards

Designed to increase the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. 

Sodexo Foundation Stop Hunger Grants 

Programs funded through this grant will engage teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about and addressing childhood hunger in their community.

Sow It Forward Food Garden Grants 

For nonprofit causes (schools, churches, food pantries, community gardens, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that are of general benefit to their community.

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants 

Grants for youth-led service-learning initiatives

Target K-12 Outdoor Classroom Field Trip Grants 

Funds to give students the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. 

Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good Community Sponsorship Program 

50 States for Good is a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects.

USDA Farm to School Grants 

To assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

USDA Beginner Farmer & Rancher Development Program 

Cooperative State Research, Education and Education Service (CREES)

USDA Rural Development‘s Community Facilities Grants 

Grants for Farm to School initiatives in rural communities with less than 20,000 people

VOYA Unsung Heroes Awards
Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants 

Available to those developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Youth Garden Grant 

The Home Depot and National Gardening Association

More Places to Look for Grants and Funding

America in Bloom

Donor's Choose

GoGetFunding - National Garden Association