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Captain Planet Foundation

On Going - No Deadline
The Captain Planet Foundation makes $500-$2,500 grants to schools with proposals that are: -project-based; -performed by youth -have real environmental outcomes 2018 Deadlines: September 30, 2017 for spring and summer projects January 31 2018 for fall and winter projects
Box Tops 4 Education

On Going - No Deadline
Cash for box tops to fund your garden activities
American Honda Foundation

On Going - No Deadline
Grants provided in the fields of youth education and science education. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. The American Honda Foundation accepts applications three times per year. Organizations that have never received funding from AHF can apply for either the February 1 or August 1 deadline date. May 1 deadline date is for returning organizations only.
California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF)

On Going - No Deadline
Direct funding to California schools for garden projects. 24 grants for $1,200 each to schools throughout California (12 awarded twice a year). At the end of each year, winning schools can re-apply for a progress grant of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip. Annual Deadlines: January 15 and June 15
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF)

On Going - No Deadline
No deadline for applications. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Plants schoolyard fruit orchards consisting of 12-25 trees, creating a source of tasty, nutritious snacks for decades to come. Contact:
Schoolyard Habitat Program

On Going - No Deadline
A Service schoolyard habitat project is a naturalized habitat area that is created by students, for students. Schools or organizations serving kindergarten through 12th grade students are eligible for funding and may receive up to $8,000 for their projects. They must be working cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be eligible for funding consideration. For more information about the Schoolyard Habitat Program in California contact: Carolyn Martus, Biologist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office 6010 Hidden Valley Road, Suite 101 Carlsbad, CA 92011 phone: (760) 431-9440 x297 fax: (760) 431-5902 email:
Garden Design Grant Program

On Going - No Deadline
Each year California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) makes grants to K-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education. Types of support include garden design services, in-kind donations of plants and landscape materials, volunteer assistance, and direct financial assistance. Grant amounts are limited to $1,000 for in-kind assisistance, $500 in direct cash assistance, and $5,000 for design services. Grants are reviewed by the CNGF board. A typical grant cycle is about 5 months. Apply at any time during the year.
Re-Purpose Milk and Juice Cartons from Cafeteria to Build/Enhance School Garden

On Going - No Deadline
Evergreen Packaging and are proud to present our third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest! Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.
Armstrong's $30 gift card donation

On Going - No Deadline
A gift card in the amount of $30.00 may be donated one time per 12 month period to a charitable non-profit organization. The event or fundraiser must be held within (4) miles from an Armstrong Garden Centers location.
Student Achievement Grants

On Going - No Deadline
The grant amounts available are $2,000 and $5,000. Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15. Any practicing U.S. teacher, counselor, or education support professional* employed by a public school, including public higher education institutions, is eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation. The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
UL Innovation Education Award

On Going - No Deadline
1st Phase Applications for 2017 are closed (February 28, 2017) Up to $250,000 annually in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities and youth empowerment. Supports nonprofits that embrace Environmental-STEM to inspire school-aged children to be the next generation of game-changing scientists, business leaders, researchers, inventors, and engineers. The program supports E-STEM work with school-aged children (K-12) that is: - Advancing STEM learning through research and investigation - Promoting social responsibility and citizenship - Tackling environmental problems One $100,000 grant, two $50,000 grants, and two $25,000 grants will be awarded in the final program. Must be a US 501c3 not-for-profit corporation and have an organization or program operating budget no greater than $2 million. K-12 schools are not eligible to apply. However, not-for-profits/not-for-profit programs that service schools are eligible.
Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant Program

On Going - No Deadline
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has been supporting schools through the Champions Grant program since 2009. Champions Grants are distributed to K-12 public schools in El Cajon/San Diego, California; Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties in North Carolina; and Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Champions Grant program awards range in size from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $75,000.
Seeds of Change Grant

On Going - No Deadline
At Seeds of Change®, we are passionate about growing deliciously good food, from the seed to ingredients,to your plate. We are growers and care about the way food is grown and the people who grow it. We think it’s important to help people know where their food comes from and how it is grown. We also want to give communities the ingredients to grow a healthier, more sustainable relationship with food by supporting sustainable school- and community-based gardening & farming programs. To support our mission, Seeds of Change® is seeking partners to help grow healthier and more sustainable communities. We will distribute a total of twelve (12) grants to fund school programs: two (2) grants for $25,000; and ten (10) grants for $10,000.
Literacy for Life Grants

August 30, 2017
Literacy for Life Grants are designed to initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy. Grant application period opens in August, 2017 Foundation will select one exceptional applicant from all applications submitted to receive an additional $1,000 award. This educator will also be named the Foundation's “Outstanding Educator of the Year.”
PLT GreenWorks! Grants

September 30, 2017
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. The annual deadline to apply is September 30.
Green Thumb Challenge Grant

September 30, 2017
It's that time of year again! GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $250 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Existing garden programs involving children currently in grades K-12, from schools and youth groups nationwide. Please note that this grant is not for gardens that have not yet been started.
Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

October 1, 2017
The Herb Society of America's mission is to promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community. The Herb Society established the Samull Classroom garden grant for elementary school classes grades 3 through 6 with money from the estate of Donald Samull, an elementary school teacher. Ten schools/classrooms will receive $200 "seed money" to establish an indoor or outdoor herb garden.
BirdSleuth School Garden Grant

October 8, 2017
All grants have been distributed for the 2016-2017 school year. Check the website: in the fall of 2017 for more grants. School gardens provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students who engage in school gardening are likely to experience academic, physical, emotional, social, and even behavioral benefits. Each year we seek 10 dedicated teachers within the United States who strive to bring STEM and healthy living from the garden to the classroom. These teachers will receive a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit thanks to our sponsor Alaska Fertilizer. Funds may be used to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. In addition to food gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.
Seeds for Education

October 15, 2017
The Seeds for Education Grant Program gives cash grants under $500 for plants and seeds and in-kind donations from nursery partners. Grant application and cover letter for the 2018 SFE grants will be accepted starting July 1, 2017. Grants are for projects planned and implemented by teachers and students to enhance their schoolyards with butterfly gardens, nature trails, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves and similar projects. -Attract songbirds and butterflies to the schoolyard with wildflowers and native grasses. -Add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology and earth science. -Reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management, enhance sustainability and green-school certification.
The Village Garden Club of La Jolla Grant for San Diego Schools

October 18, 2017
The Village Garden Club of La Jolla is pleased to offer garden grants to selected applicants representing K-8 public or private elementary and middle schools in the city and county of San Diego. The Grant Committee will determine the individual amounts awarded to each recipient. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please submit your grant application by October 18, 2017.
Whole Kids Foundation

October 31, 2017
Applications Open: September 1, 2017 Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. Schools, or a non-profit organization working in partnership with a school, may apply.
Shade Structure Grant Program

November 28, 2017
Application process runs from September, 2017 through November, 2017 with winners announced in February, 2018. The American Academy of Dermatology's (Academy) shade structure grant program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Each shade structure grant is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for a shade structure and installation.
Annie's Grants for Gardens

December 6, 2017
Eligible gardens for the grants are school gardens growing edibles (fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) 2017 applications will be available in November 2017. Check the website to apply.
Armstrong Donations

December 31, 2017
One time (every 12 months)$30 gift card preferably to an organization within 5 miles of an Armstrong Garden Nursery
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

December 31, 2017
Foundation provides a variety of grants and scholarships to teachers to support them in educating youth about agriculture. New grants added every year. - Literacy for Life Grants. Up to $500 to teachers who initiate new projects or expand existing ones to integrate agriculture into regular classroom instruction. Grant application period starts in August, 2017. -Ca Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarships. Scholarships cover the registration fee of $200 to attend the Conference July 14-15, 2017. - Additional grants listed on website.
Wal-Mart Community Grant Program

December 31, 2017
Applications begin Feb 1, 2017 and deadline is Dec. 31, 2017. Applications may be submitted at any time. Focus: Opportunity, Sustainability and Community. Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. Deadline: December, annually Award Amount: $250 - $2500
Community Impact Grants

December 31, 2017
Grants, up to $5,000, are available to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Katie's Krops

December 31, 2017
Katie's Krops grant winners are required to start and maintain a vegetable garden for a minimum of one planting season. The grantee(s) must donate the entire harvest from the garden to people in need in their community. This may be done through direct donations to families in need or by donating the harvest to soup kitchens or organizations that feed the needy.
Reducing Hunger and Increasing Food Recovery

January 1, 2018
During 2017 Specialty Food Foundation will undergo a review of core programming in order to better address the mission to develop tangible and lasting solutions to hunger relief and food recovery. During this process, the Foundation will not award grants and instead focus on realignment of programming.
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

April 30, 2018
Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Educators submit applications by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Projects are judged on their innovative method; creativity; and ability to positively influence students. 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
Target Field Trip Grants

October 1, 2018
Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded. Application period for 2017 field trip grants is over. Sign up on the Target Field Trip Grants webpage: ( to receive information about the 2018 program. Types of eligible field trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; and career enrichment opportunities. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, resource materials, and supplies. Grant funds could be used to visit demonstration gardens such as Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, Suzie's Farm, the Flower Fields or a local school garden for inspiration.