Garden Grants for Schools, Communities, and Non-Profits

Opening of the new 42-foot Growing Dome Greenhouse at the Alfond Youth Center in Maine funded by Community Garden Grants
Opening of the new 42-foot Growing Dome Greenhouse at the Alfond Youth Center in Maine

Updated September 22, 2022

There are so many garden grants available in the United States to support a local school, community, and non-profit gardening projects. We regularly update this page and can provide helpful information when applying for public or private grants. Please refer to the links below and contact us with any questions.

Growing Spaces also offers annual grants and is proud to announce our new grant program for 2023.

Growing Spaces Urban Farming Grant 2023

Installation of Growing Dome Greenhouse at Harlem Grown
2022 Urban Farming Grant Winners Harlem Grown

Growing Spaces will be offering grants to organizations that are actively working to provide fresh organic produce to food insecure communities.  Food banks across the country have needed to increase production to meet the growing demand caused by the pandemic and inflation.  They are also looking for solutions to grow food for their communities year-round, without using too much energy.

To respond to this increased demand, Growing Spaces is offering grants to registered non-profits, schools or veterans’ organization that are actively providing fresh food to underserved and food insecure communities.

Simply complete the form below or talk to one of our Growing Dome Advisors about the program.  Through this grant, we hope to help even more communities provide a geodesic greenhouse to increase production and harvest year-round. The grant will be taken off the price of the Growing Dome and will range between $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the program and the size of Growing Dome greenhouse desired. The program will continue through the end of 2023, or until our allocated grant funds are utilized.

Growing Spaces Urban Farming Grant 2022

Just like in previous years, we had so many wonderful applicants and the decision was a hard one. Growing Spaces puts much thought & consideration into choosing the causes for which we award these in-house grants. We are proud to announce our 2022 grant winners Harlem Grown and Valor Point Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans

Harlem Grown in Harlem, NY Their mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. They have been transforming empty lots and schoolyards around Harlem into gardens for the last 10 years, and work with most of the local elementary schools to provide after-school programs and summer camps.  With a Growing Dome, they will be able to provide year-round gardening activities for youth and adults.  Growing Spaces is excited to partner with this amazing organization.

Valor Point Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans in Lakewood, CO: Their twofold mission is to identify homeless and at-risk Veterans who need residential treatment to overcome homelessness and provide these Veterans transitional, recovery-focused treatment that increases their independent living skills so that they can obtain and maintain housing upon graduation. They have a robust recreation and activities department that already includes outdoor raised beds, traditional gardens and gardening classes supported by CSU Master Gardeners. The greenhouse will enable them to have a year-round gardening program, grow more food for their kitchen and expand to out-patient services. Growing Spaces is proud to support our veterans, especially here in Colorado.

Please stay tuned to hear more about our work with Valor Point & Harlem Grown later this year and be the first to hear when we open applications for 2023.

To see the projects we supported in 2021, visit our Urban Farming Grant Winners Blog

To see the projects we supported in 2020, visit our Food Insecurity Charities Blog.

We have also created a new fundraising page to provide information to our community on garden projects and greenhouse fundraisers. Contact us if you would like your fundraiser to be included on this page.

Links to Garden Grants 2022:

School Garden Grants 2022

Garden Grant for School Growing Dome
Garden grants have helped many schools purchase a Growing Dome

Colorado Garden Foundation – Has awarded more than $10 million in grants to fund gardening and horticulture projects for Colorado. All the proceeds from the Colorado Home and Garden Show go to support these wonderful garden grants. The 2022 Grant Cycle will reopen early-summer 2022.

Chef Ann’s Foundation – Their mission is to provide the resources and funding needed to bring healthier foods in the lunchroom. This includes both sourcing food from local organic farms and creating youth gardens. Current initiatives they are sponsoring include Get Schools Cooking, Salad Bars to Schools, School Food, and The Lunch Box. The grant process is on hold due to Covid19, but you can submit on the link below.

CLICK HERE to Register and Apply

School Kids learning in a Growing Dome Greenhouse above ground pond
School Kids learning about the Growing Dome Greenhouse pond

Whole Foods Market – Their Garden Grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support new or existing edible educational gardens. Applications open February 15, 2021, and closes March 31, 2022. Notification to all applicants will occur on August 2, 2022, and Packages Arrive in September 2022.

Salad Bars to Schools – They donate salad bars to schools. Granting process is currently on hold due to COVID, but you can still fill out an application for when the granting resumes.

The Bee Cause Project – Supporting the Honey Bees and the success of a bee hive education program. The Bee Grant Program looks a bit different for the 2022 Grant Cycle! In partnership with the Whole Kids Foundation, the Bee Cause Project is excited to provide a new opportunity through the Renewal Bee Grant. Learn more about how to apply on the Bee Grant page, or start your pollinator programming right now with the Back to School Six Week Bee Unit!

Kids Gardening – Open Forum Gardening Grants Helping Young Minds Grow. The GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant, brought to you by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States.  Applications open January 4th-2022-February 4th 2022.

American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network – The Teaching Gardens Network is a one-stop-shop for everything schools will need to start or enhance a school garden. By joining the network you gain access to Grant opportunities for funding your garden, free gardening materials, and resources, digital cross-curricular, standards-based gardening and nutrition education curriculum, downloadable Teaching Gardens Network certificate, and recognition on their website. Recipients will be announced in January 2022.

Big Green Real Food Grow Here – Big Green awards Learning Gardens based on a number of factors, including the strength of Garden Team, plans for garden use, student demographics, and location. They also have curricular offerings.

National Geographic – Funding for projects that support the planet’s interconnections and collective power to change the world. Currently accepting applications for their COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators and their COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists (through Jan. 31).

Captain Planet Foundation™ – Invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and environmental education. They empower youth to become local and global environmental change-makers. This grant is currently on hold due to COVID, but check back for updates.

Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Kids Cabbage Program – Growing our next generation of gardener’s (temporarily suspended due to COVID-19), but you can still register your class to get free cabbage plants delivered to your classroom.

California Fertilizer Foundation – School Garden Grant Program. CFF Garden Grant Deadlines have temporarily been put on hold under COVID-19 restrictions.

Community Garden Grants 2022

Community Garden Grant for Growing Dome in Littleton Colorado
Garden grants are also available for community projects

America in Bloom – America in Bloom and the CN Railway have partnered to create the “EcoConnexions From the Ground Up” grants program. With a true transcontinental network that extends to three North American coasts, CN passes through a wide range of urban and rural communities. We encourage communities along the CN corridor to take environmental action by improving their communities through healthy urban forests, natural landscaping, groundcover improvement, and flower displays.

Home Depot Grants – Home Depot currently has two grant opportunities. Their Community Impact Grants award up to $5,000 to registered nonprofit organizations to help fund community projects. Their Veteran Housing Grants Program was created to help nonprofits fund the development and repair of multi-unit veteran housing facilities. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Seed Money – is a Maine-based nonprofit providing grants, crowdfunding opportunities and training to food garden projects across the country and around the world.

National Head Start Association – The GroMoreGood initiative make garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families. The initiative also supports the creation of green space projects—land that is partly or completely covered with grass, trees, shrubs, or other vegetation—as an option for children and the community to learn.

Urban Garden Greenhouse in Chicago
Urban Grower’s Collective Growing Dome Greenhouse in Chicago

Western Growers Foundation, Collective School Garden Network – for schools in California & Arizona.

American Community Gardening – Association Fund Opportunities, support, resources and events.

Veterans and Disability Garden Grants 2022

USDA Veterans Grants – Enhancing agricultural opportunities for veterans. The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector.

National Garden Bureau Grants – For therapeutic garden programs to bring healing for those affected by trauma. National Garden Bureau launched a philanthropic program in 2014 that supports the building and growth of therapeutic gardens across North America. This program furthers NGB’s mission of promoting gardening to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

Organic Farming and Horticulture Grants 2022

Central Iowa Homeless Shelter Greenhouse
Central Iowa Homeless Shelter Growing Dome Greenhouse

Future Farmers of America – Living to Serve Grants provide an opportunity for FFA chapters and state FFA associations/foundations to seek funding to support various types of service projects through a competitive application process.

Blooming Prairie Foundation – Grants for innovative practices in the area of organic and natural foods. The Foundation is pausing grant issuance during 2022. Please check back in January 2023 for updates on future granting options.

Herb Society – This grant is for the research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herb gardens throughout history. THE 2022 APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW OPEN. Award winner(s) will be announced May 1, 2022.

California ReLeaf Grants – Provides pass-through grants to network members and other community groups interested in caring for trees in California.

Wild Ones – Healing the Earth One Yard at a time. Due to uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program (SFE) will be on hiatus for the remainder of 2021. Please revisit this site in 2022 for a grant application and the new deadline.

Fundraising

You could also try starting up a fundraiser on Adopt A Classroom.org, KickStarter.com or GoFundMe.com.

Good luck with your fundraising!

Other Gardening Resources for Kids

Fiskars – Provides grants for innovation, education, and biodiversity for schools and community gardens.

Gardening grants from A-Z

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