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Grants and Funding for School Gardens

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Quilcine's first lettuce harvest

Most successful farm to school projects are made possible with grants and community-based funding, at least in the start-up stages. The grants on this page may be useful to get you started. These are mostly from national sources and may be highly competitive.

We recommend that you start by seeking local sources of funding and in-kind support for your farm to school projects. Several stellar Washington projects work by creatively using school budgets and partnering with community members and businesses for donations and grant support.

Please note that this list is gathered as a service to help you learn what’s available. It is not exhaustive, and inclusion on this page should in no way be considered an endorsement by the State of Washington or the Department of Agriculture. Due to funding limitations, this listing is not always up-to-date with current deadlines.

Because many of the grants are annual opportunities, we are leaving the list here in case it is useful. Some grants with deadlines listed as "past" below may now be open again! If you know of other grant programs we should consider, please send them to us at farmtoschool@agr.wa.gov

Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Grants
Sponsor:  Washington State through Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Award Package:  Maximum of $200,000 per public school district application
Number of Awards:  Dependent upon applications
Who qualifies:  Washington State public K-12 school districts
Application deadline:  September 27, 2018
Full details, criteria and application
[external link]

Toolbox for Education Grants
Sponsor:  Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation
Award Package:  $2,000-$5,000
Number of Awards:  Up to 1,000
Who qualifies:  Prioritizes local 501(c)3 and other organizations that align with our values and mission.
Application deadline: September 28, 2018
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

GreenWorks Grants
Sponsor: Project Learning Tree
Award Package: Up to $1,000
Who qualifies: K-12 students
Application deadline:  September 30, 2018
Full details, criteria and application [external link]

Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
Sponsor: Herb Society of America
Award Package: Up to $200
Number of awards: 10
Who qualifies: K-12 schools/classrooms serving grades 3-6
Application deadline:  October 1, 2018
Full details, criteria and application [external link]

School Garden Grant Program
Sponsor: Whole Kids Foundation
Award Package:  $2,000
Number of Awards:  Up to 1,000
Who qualifies: K-12 schools, or non-profit organization working in partnership with schools.
Application deadline: October 15, 2018
Full details, criteria, and application [external link] 

Bee Grant Program
Sponsor: Whole Kids Foundation
Award Package:  $1,500
Who qualifies: K-12 schools, or non-profit organization working in partnership with schools.
Application deadline: October 31, 2018
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Grants for Edible School Gardens
Sponsor: Annie's
Award Package:  $2,000
Number of Awards:  Up to 1,000
Who qualifies: K-12 schools, school districts or non-profit organization working in partnership with schools.
Application deadline: November 1, 2018
Full details, criteria, and application [external link] 

School Garden Grant 
Sponsor:  Safer® Brand 
Award Package:  $500
Who qualifies:  K-12 schools and students
Application deadline: December 1, 2018
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Youth Garden Grant
Sponsor: Kidsgardening.org
Award Package:  $500-$1000
Number of awards: 25
Who qualifies: Non-profits, public or private schools, or programs serving youth ages 3-18
Applications: December 17, 2018

Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Carton 2 Garden Grant
Sponsor: Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org
Award Package: $1000-$5000
Who qualifies:  Pre K-12 schools
Application deadline: March 25, 2019
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Operation Green Plant 
Sponsor: America the Beautiful Fund
Award package: Free seeds
Number of awards: 100 to 1000 seed packets as available, gloves, information
Who qualifies: Schools, community associations 
Annual application deadline: None
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Farm to School Apple Program
Sponsor: Organically Grown Company
Award package: Varies
Number of awards: Varies
Who qualifies: Non-profit organization, (501(c) 3) a public school or school district 
Annual application deadline: None - awards made on a rolling basis by participating retail stores
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]
 
Public School Teachers Request
Sponsor: DonorsChoose.org
Award package: 
Who qualifies: Teacher defined projects in schools 
Annual application deadline: Rolling
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Other listings of community garden grants:
America in Bloom
Grant Helpers
FarmRaiser

 

Past grant opportunities

Get Out and Grow
Sponsor: Smucker's
Award Package:  $500-$15,000
Number of Awards:  22
Who qualifies: K-12 school food service directors or school administrators
Application deadline: March 11, 2018
Full details, criteria, and application [external link] 

Green Thumb Challenge Grant
Sponsor: Green Education Foundation and Gardener's Supply Company
Who qualifies:  Existing garden programs involving children currently in grades K-12
Award Package:  $1,000 to support established school or youth garden projects
Annual application deadline: September 30, 2017
Full details, criteria, and application [external link] 

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
Sponsor: USDA – NIFA
Award package: $10,000 - $300,000
Number of awards: not specified
Who qualifies: private, nonprofit entities meeting specific requirements
Annual application deadline: December 14, 2017
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants
Sponsor: Nature Conservancy
Award Package:  $2,000
Number of awards: 55
Who qualifies: Public or charter schools, or a non-profit 501(c)3 organization can apply on the behalf of a school
Application deadline: November 3, 2017
Full details, criteria, and application [external link] 

Schoolyard Garden Grant 
Sponsor:  U of Minnesota Monarch Lab
Award Package:  $1000
Who qualifies:  K-12 teachers and schools
Application deadline: December 16, 2016 
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Community Impact Grants
Sponsor: Home Depot Foundation
Award package: up to $5,000
Who qualifies: Schools, government organizations and 501(c)3 non-profits
Application deadline: December 31, 2016
Full details, criteria, and application [external link]

Last Updated: 9/25/2018