Funding for School Gardens
Since 2015, Chartwells has provided a small annual amount of funding to the AAPS Farm to School Collaborative to award in mini-grants to schools who want to start a school garden.
Ten schools at all education levels (preschool to high school) have received Chartwells minigrant funds.
2018-19 School Year
Chartwells School Garden
Farm to School Collaborative member Jenna Bacolor gave this presentation at the AAPS Board of Education meeting on June 19, 2019.
To view the presentation on YouTube, visit: https://youtu.be/bOG2e7ZNPNU.
Other Funding Sources
Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Funds edible gardens in public schools. Application period in the fall with notification in February. See Annie's Grants FAQs at https://www.annies.com/grant-faqs.
The Youth Garden Grant is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States planning a new garden program or expanding an established one. If your program serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18, we encourage you to apply. Applications are due December 16, 2019.
Guidelines for applying here:
USDA Farm to School Grants
Please note: Most/all AAPS schools do not meet requirements for these grants.
Fall application cycle for school gardens.
Several AAPS school gardens have received WholeKidsFoundation grants! Applications are open from early Sept to mid-October each year.
Budding Botanist is open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Twelve schools will be awarded a $250 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2,000 (three schools) or $1,000 (nine schools) to install or expand a school garden.
Captain Planet Foundation
Schools, nonprofits and other organizations classified as 501(c) (3) are eligible.
Projects must: support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes; be based in the United States; only support direct project costs. Award range is between $500 - $2500.
Gro More Good Garden Grants
Head Start programs located at schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and intergenerational groups that host Head Start programs are eligible. Awards are $5,000 plus a garden kit and curriculum.
American Heart Association Teaching Gardens
The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network Grant program is now open and accepting applications to support school gardens for the 2019-2020 school year! The Teaching Gardens Network Grants are made possible by the ongoing commitment of Kelly Meyer, founder of OneSun Fund, and Gail Becker, CEO of Caulipower, who are both dedicated to educating children about nutrition, while appreciating the benefit of eating healthy.
Salad Bars to School Grant
Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. To qualify for a Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools grant, applicants must offer the salad bar as part of the reimbursable meal served in your district. Schools use the award (approximately $3,147 value) to implement salad bars as part of their daily meal program. For more information and to apply, follow this link. The top five program awards will be a grant package worth $2,100. An additional 20 grant packages worth $500 will be awarded. Learn more and apply here.
Check out the National 2019 Farm-to-School Funding Opportunities!