Garden Grants for Schools, Communities, and Non-Profits

Updated May 1st, 2021

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.

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

Growing Spaces offers a 5% discount to schools, veterans, and registered 501(c)(3) non-profits please use the form below to claim your discount. 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.

Growing Spaces Urban Farming Grant 2022

After a successful 2021, we have decided to continue our efforts to bring fresh, affordable, healthy food to urban communities and food deserts.

This year we will be considering the same criteria as 2021:

  • Impact and reach of the proposed project with an urban community
  • Support network and other sources of funding available for the project
  • History, stability, and legitimacy of the organization/institution
  • Location of the project relative to climate compatibility and access to fresh, organic produce
  • A strong champion to ensure the project will be carried through to completion and have a
  • lasting impact in the community

Download the application using the button below and email the completed copy to info@growingspaces.com before Jan 31, 2022.

Growing Spaces Urban Farming Grant 2021

Our 2021 Grant applications are closed and winners have been chosen .

Urban Growers Initiative Farming in a Growing Dome Greenhouse
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It was not an easy decision to make, but two organizations really stood out to us. Growing Spaces put much thought and consideration into choosing the causes in which we award these in-house grants.

Read about our 2021 Urban Farming Grant winners.

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

School Garden Grants 2021

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. Applications for the first round in 2021 are due August 30th. More information on 2021 grants is coming soon.

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 Institue, and The Lunch Box.

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

Whole Food 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, 2021. Notification to all applicants will occur on August 2, 2021, and Packages Arrive in September 2021.

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 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 2021 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 Gro More Good 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. In 2021, 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000 will be awarded.  Applications open in January 2021.

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

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 2021

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 Gro More Good Garden Grant program for at-risk backgrounds for fresh produce. The call for applications for the 2020-2021 Garden Grants will be accepted from November 1, 2020, through December 18, 2020.

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 2021

Gardening for Disabled Trust. Adapting Gardens, Changing Lives, Defying Disability. For adults with disabilities, grants for people wanting to go back to gardening.

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 2021

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 2020 Grant Application is closed. Check back in January 2021 for the next cycle.

Herb Society-This grant is for the research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herb gardens throughout history. THE 2021 APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW OPEN. Award winner(s) will be announced May 1, 2021.

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 2020. Please revisit this site in 2021 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

Annie’s Garden funder grants for growing school gardens.

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

Gardening grants from A-Z

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