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Do you know additional grant opportunities for youth gardens? Email crystal_mercer@ncsu.edu to add them to this list!
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Go GrantsN/A$2,500 - $20,000A. Standard On-Campus Structures: Up to $15,000 is available for the construction of standard outdoor learning facilities, to include outdoor classrooms, greenhouses, pollinator gardens, and vegetable gardens. B. Advanced On-Campus Structures: Up to $20,000 is available for the construction of outdoor on-site agricultural, aquatic, archery, or nature-trail facilities, to include animal barns, mini-farms, hydro/aquaponic greenhouses, fishing docks, canoe/kayak docks, archery ranges, and educational hiking trails. C. Field Trips: Up to $3,000 for single-day field trips or up to $5,000 for overnight field trips. An extra $1,000 is available per additional day up to the $5,000 cap. Field trips must include an outdoor learning component/activity and may include visits to 2 National/State Parks, city/county parks, outdoor recreation areas, outdoor activity/education centers, and historical sites. D. Visiting Programs: Up to $2,500 for outdoor on-campus programs. Visiting programs must include an outdoor learning component/activity and may include visits from aquarium/zoos, museums, gardening organizations, and other STEM organizations.https://gooutside.nc.gov/go-grants/apply/
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2024 Lots of Compassion Grant04/12/202406/30/2024$20,000Together, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day and KidsGardening designed the Lots of Compassion Grant program to support local leaders looking to transform vacant lots into gardens to help grow compassion in their community. In 2024, up to 10 grantees will receive $20,000 each to transform a vacant lot into a garden. A total of $200,000 will be awarded annually.https://kidsgardening.org/grant-opportunities/Winners Announced July 31st 2024
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Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund04/01/2024n/aup to $5,000Non-profit organizations, in the 54 western-most counties in North Carolina, may apply for up to $5,000 per year to fund agriculture-related projects. These grants help promote agriculture, as well as stimulate the local ag economy in North Carolina. This year marks the seventh year of the program, with over $703,500 having been awarded by the program so far.https://carolinafarmcredit.com/about/community-support/corporate-mission-fundGrants will be reviewed and awarded in the fourth quarter of the year. - NEW: It seems to be the same but the 2024 grant is closed the 2025 grant will be open April 1st 2024
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Walmart Local Community Grant4/15/2024, 8/15/2024, 10/15/2024, 12/31/2024$250-5,000Open to organizations holding a current tax-exempt status as a public charity, recognized government entities, K-12 public or nonprofit private schools, charter schools, community/junior colleges, state/private colleges or universities; or churches or other faith-based organizations with a proposed project that benefits the community at large. All organizations must be CyberGrants FrontDoor verified. https://walmart.org/how-we-give/local-community-grantsApplications may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain active in our system for 90 days, and at the end of this period they will be automatically rejected. Organizations may only submit a total number of 25 applications and/or receive up to 25 grants within the 2024 grant cycle.
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Davis Education Fund, NC Unit Herb Society of AmericaN/A$50-$1,000The Davis Fund, from donations and proceeds of our annual herb sale, is used for the following purposes: educational activities for the general public, scholarships and grants, or other projects of an educational or outreach nature that will further the knowledge and use of herbs.http://www.ncherbsociety.org/grant-information.html
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Kars4Kids Small Grant ProgramN/A$500-2,000Are you a 501c3 lay organization with a central focus of doing original work on behalf of America’s children? We accept submissions from any US-based, IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations. Focus areas on youth development, mentorship, and education.http://www.kars4kidsgrants.org/#applyResponse within 4 months of application submission.
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Pop-Up Donors Choose Mini-Grants12/15/2024Up to $250The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools is offering a special funding opportunity before the holidays using Donors Choose to make it easier and faster for teachers to find funding. GCS teachers who submit a hands-on, creative classroom project for funding on Donors Choose by December 14 will be eligible for a mini-grant boost of up to $250.http://www.enrichmentfund.org/apply/donors-choose-grants/No date for when the grant opens. Assumed to be open.
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The Bee Grant9/1/20242025?$1,500These grant programs allow for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational beehives and bee programming so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system.https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/programs/honey-bee-hive-grant/Apiary grant not a garden grant
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Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program9/1/2024N/A$1,000In 1996 Bonnie Plants initiated the 3rd Grade Cabbage Program in and around headquarters in Union Springs, Alabama, with a mission to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people, teach kids where their food comes from, and grow our next generation of gardeners.https://www.bonniecabbageprogram.com/Contest
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FTPF Fruit Tree Orchard GrantN/ATreesOur orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to care for the trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose, with the goal of improving surrounding environments and providing a source of healthy nutrition for the community. If selected for an orchard donation, FTPF will provide high-quality and region-appropriate fruit trees and shrubs, orchard design expertise, on-site planting oversite and aftercare training. We help coordinate all aspects of the planting and offer an educational experience for volunteers interested in learning more about tree planting. Additional arboricultural workshops are also available the day of planting and FTPF will remain a resource for the life of the orchard.https://www.ftpf.org/_files/ugd/d7a672_fb1d467bac784cc28fc8c06bf111e359.pdf1. No monetary ammount listed. We assume they assist in building an orchard. 2. They are at capacity but still accept applications for future projects
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Roots and Shoots Project Grants3/1/20244/1/2024$250Youth, educators, community groups/organizations, group leaders…any Roots & Shoots member who is interested in starting (or continuing) a community-action project to positively impact people, other animals, and/or the environment we all share.https://rootsandshoots.org/take-action/find-funding/
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2024 NAITCO Pre-Service/Early Career Conference Scholarship1/1/20244/15/2024$2,500The NAITCO Pre-Service/Early Career Conference Scholarship is funded in partnership with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support preK-12 pre-service and early career teachers whose identity and experiences reflect the communities they serve or are seeking to serve. By including information on environmental and social issues impacting food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences in classroom instruction, preK-12 teachers assist students in understanding the pivotal role of agriculture in the U.S. and world economies. The scholarship is intended to fund pre- and early career in-service teachers through training and opportunities to incorporate food and agriculture curricula in preK-12 classrooms.https://agclassroom.org/teacher/grants/
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InvenTeam Grants04/23/202409/03/2024$7,500Now in its 20th year, the InvenTeams® Grant initiative has been changing the way educators teach, and providing young people – especially young women and students from underrepresented backgrounds - with creative problem solving and 21st century skills to flourish in college and career. High school students experience invention and cultivate creativity through an InvenTeam grant of $7,500, along with the year-long support of Lemelson-MIT, Teaching Fellows, and many other resources. The InvenTeam initiative has worked with nearly 4,000 students across the U.S. to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.https://lemelson.mit.edu/2024-inventeams/ready-start-inventeamNo date for when the grant opens. Assumed to be open.
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NEA foundationN/A04/01/2024up to 5,000The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students’ curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens.https://www.neafoundation.org/educator-grants-and-fellowships/student-success-grants/No date for when the grant opens. Assumed to be open.
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Whole Kids Garden Grant02/01/202403/01/2024$3,000At Whole Kids, we know that the more kids know and feel connected to their food, the more curious they become about how things grow or taste, and the more willing they are to try new foods. This is why we believe in edible garden learning spaces!https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/programs/school-gardens-grant/
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Wild Ones07/14/202310/15/2023$100-500The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education grant program (SFE) advances Wild Ones’ mission to spread awareness of the benefits of using native plants by providing funding for native plants and native seeds for projects that engage youth (preschool to high school) directly in planning, planting and caring for native plant gardens. The 2024 grant application will open on July 14th and will close on November 15th at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. If you are new to native plants, please email us at seeds@wildones.org for clarification or assistance with the application.https://wildones.org/seeds-for-education/sfe-application/
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Herb Society of America Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants08/01/2024n/a$300Elementary classrooms grades K-6 with ten students or more may apply for a grant to establish an herb garden. In addition to plants, the funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plants trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. Fifteen grants of $300 each are awarded annually.https://www.herbsociety.org/get-involved/grants-scholarships/grant-details.html
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Extension Master Gardener Community Garden Start-Up Grant Program02/10/202409/01/2024$300The purpose of the Extension Master Gardener Community Garden Start-Up Grant Program is to provide funding and mentoring for new Guilford County community gardens that will break ground in 2024. Grants in the amount of $300 each will be dispersed to accepted applications on a “rolling basis” (first come, first served) beginning on February 10, 2024, through September 1, 2024, or until all Guilford County EMG budgeted funds have been allocated. The application requests a description of the planned project, a plan for going forward, and a detailed account of how the money will be used.https://guilford.ces.ncsu.edu/2023/01/community-garden-start-up-grants-available/
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EMGV School Garden Micro-GrantEarly Spring 2024N/AUp to $1,000The purpose of the Guilford County Extension Master Gardener (EMG) School Garden Micro-Grant Program is to provide funding support for Guilford County school vegetable gardening programs. New and ongoing school garden projects are invited to apply.https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/current-resources/grant/As of 03/07/2024 there are no specific dates set and the application is to be submitted through a Google form and not through email.
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SeedMoney11/15/202412/15/2024$100-$1,000Crowdgranting represents a new way for nonprofit causes to access funds for their work. It combines crowdfunding with challenge grants. In the case of SeedMoney, participating projects use the possibility of securing a challenge grant from us to motivate individual donors to contribute to their project. We do this through a 30-day challenge running from November 15th through December 15th each year.https://donate.seedmoney.org/
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Going Local Grant - North Carolina Farm Bureau01/01/202404/15/2024up to $500Going Local Grants help educators provide Pre-K through collegiate level students with valuable, real-world education and experiences directly related to the agricultural industry and the Common Core State and Essential Standards. Teachers practicing in private and public North Carolina schools, colleges, and universities are encouraged to apply. The grant proposal must relate directly to the agricultural industry in North Carolina.https://www.ncfb.org/ag-in-the-classroom/
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SHADE STRUCTURE GRANT10/01/202412/15/2024Up to $8,000The AAD Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure.https://www.aad.org/public/public-health/shade-structure-grants/shade-structure-grant-applicationShade structure installations must be completed by November 30.
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Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust06/14/20247/15/2024Up to $25,000The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust supports education and research in ornamental horticulture through grants to botanical gardens, arboreta, universities, and other charitable organizations strongly-aligned with its funding interests.https://smithht.org/grant-seekers
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Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant ApplicationAnytime03/01/2024, 10/01/2024up to $500Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials including, but not limited to, books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadlinehttps://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/classroom-grant-applicationGrants are highly competitive
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Fund For Teachers03/01/202404/18/2024This program provides provides educators with resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants are used for an unlimited variety of projects; all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities.https://fft.fundforteachers.org/more information after logging in
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Grants below are currently unavailable but will renew for 2025
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Urban Agriculture Resilience ProgramN/AN/A$5,000-$20,000The USBG and the Association are partnering to support public gardens and their partners in facilitating collaborative urban agriculture, community gardening, and other food-growing programs.https://members.publicgardens.org/grow-your-garden/promote/urban-agriculture/No application dates listed but the application renews every year
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Herb Society of America 2025 Research grant01/01/202501/31/2025$10,000The purpose of the Research Grant Program is to further the knowledge and use of herbs. This grant supports the research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or medicinal use of herbs throughout history. Research must define an herb as historically useful for flavoring, medicine, economic, industrial, or cosmetic purposes and have the potential to significantly increase the knowledge of the field.https://www.herbsociety.org/get-involved/grants-scholarships/grant-details.html
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Julia Rappaport Growing Gardeners Fund
5/10/2024We invite you to apply for our newest grant program for youth garden funding. The Julia Rappaport Growing Gardeners Fund provides $1,000 - $2,000 annually to one educator to start or expand a garden or gardening science project at their school or community. The grant is intended to increase access to hands-on gardening and gardening science for youth and to foster a lifelong passion for gardening, the natural world, and horticulture in children from all backgrounds.

Grant applicants are asked to share details of their proposed project, including objectives, plans, timeline, staff, and budget, as well as the anticipated impact on youth. The window to apply for a grant is open until May 10, 2024.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YFP5XPL
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