Grants Available for School Garden Programs

School garden grants are available through the Whole Kids Foundation.

The Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with Food Corps, is accepting applications for its School Garden Grant Program.

This annual grantmaking program supports school garden projects in the U.S. and Canada that teach kids about nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.

Projects can be in any stage of development from planning to operating, and priority is given to schools in limited-resource communities—that is, where a large portion of the student body is eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. Other criteria include the involvement of community and stakeholders, and the ability to financially sustain the garden once the grant money has been spent.

Applicants must be nonprofit K-12 schools or nonprofit organizations developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds. Schools can be public, private, or charter, as long as they are nonprofit. Home schools may be eligible to apply if they are accredited and can locate a nonprofit in their community to apply on their behalf. U.S.-based nonprofit organizations must be 501(c)(3) organizations, and Canadian nonprofits must have charity nonprofit status.

Schools applying for grants must have the support of a specific partner in the community; this could be a nonprofit organization, farm, local business, Whole Foods store, or garden club, but it cannot be the school’s PTO or PTA. If the applicant is a nonprofit organization, it can be the community partner for the grant. For example, if Nonprofit A maintains a garden at School B, Nonprofit A can be the community partner and does not need to find another community partner.

The grants are $2,000 each for year-long projects. Application deadline is October 31, 2016, for U.S.-based schools and November 31, 2016, for Canadian schools. Schools which previously received grants through this program are not eligible to apply. Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2017.

For more information, visit the Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant FAQ.

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