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GO_TasteTestStills_-26It is important to support your farm to school program in sustainable ways. These tips on fundraising, grant writing, and list of currently available grants can help fund your program.

  • Farm to School Fundraising: From the National Farm to School Network, this page provides weekly information on news, fundraising, grants, and webinars.
  • Smart Snacks Fundraising: This document from USDA summarizes how the Smart Snacks rule (effective July 1, 2014) affects school fundraisers, and includes ideas for healthy ones. Check out this toolkit to make partners for successful healthy fundraisers using promotions, fair pricing, and placement.

Additional Resources:

General Grant Listings 

Current Grants

2019 Youth Garden Grant (Dec. 17, 2018)

Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due December 17.

Karma for Cara (K4C) Foundation Grant (Jan. 1, 2019)

The K4C Microgrant Program is the bridge between ideas and action. By providing microgrants in varying amounts up to $1,000, K4C helps young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world.

Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether you plan to turn a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuild a school playground or help senior citizens ready their homes for the winter, Karma for Cara wants to hear what project you’re passionate about.

ecoSolution Grant (Jan. 15, 2019)

ecoSolution Grants are Captain Planet Foundation’s broadest category of monetary support for youth-led environmental projects. Available as cash grants for $500 – $2,500, these grants support purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement the project. Please note that ecoSolution™ Grants will only support direct project costs. Support for t-shirts, staff salaries, field trips, scholarships, beautification/ landscaping, etc. will NOT be considered.

ecoSTEM Kits (Jan. 15, 2019)

ecoSTEM Resource Kits are curated kits of materials and activities organized into environmental themes (I.e. renewable energy, water, resources, pollinators, soil & decomposition). Perfect for educators just getting started with project-based learning or using the environment as context for learning. ecoSTEM Resurce Kits are available from Captian Planet Foundation or via the crowdfunding platform DonorsChoice.org.

ecoTECH Grant(Jan. 15, 2019)

ecoTech Grants engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.

Captain Planet Foundation will accept ecoTech grant requests for up to $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines.

Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden (Jan. 31, 2019)

Schools can apply now to win a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden through partnerships with grocery retailers around the country. Grand Prize Winners will receive a one year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls and a Project Learning Garden provided by Captain Planet Foundation, including: 5 garden beds or garden expansion (for schools with an existing garden), mobile garden cooking cart, standards-based Learning Garden lessons and lesson supply kits, and online teacher training. Project Learning Garden provides public and charter elementary schools in metro Atlanta, GA, Ventura, CA and LA Unified School District, CA with strategies for building effective and long-lasting garden-based learning programs. Teachers at schools are provided with hands-on training, curriculum aligned to national standards, lesson kits filled with supplies, a schoolyard garden, fully-equipped mobile cooking cart, and summer garden management strategies. Project Learning Garden is based on best practices from over 750 Captain Planet Funded outdoor classrooms, organic gardens, pollinator gardens, learning trails, native habitats and fruit orchard

American Honda Foundation Grants (Feb. 1, 2019)

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.

The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Youth education specifically in the area of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy are funding priority. Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation (Feb. 1, 2019)

COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM
  • Applicant must be a 501c3 organization delivering culinary, nutrition, and arts education with a focus on life skills development.
  • Preference will be given to applicants located in Greater New Orleans and/or the Gulf South Region of the United States.
SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM
  • Applicant must be a 501c3 organization with existing school garden and/or culinary education programs.
  • Prioritize applications from Emeril’s restaurant geographic areas; nationwide awards are based on need and mission alignment.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation accepts concept papers and letters of interest on a rolling basis from qualified organizations that meet the grant program eligibility requirements above. However, the concept paper deadline is due either Feb. 1/Aug.1. See their website for more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Feb. 1, 2019)

In any given year, the Foundation may receive more than 350 grant proposals. Due to program priorities and rigorous evaluation, about one in seven requests is approved for funding. Your organization may be eligible for a grant if it:

The Foundation encourages you to submit grant proposals before the deadlines listed above. Learn more here.

Ongoing Grants

Grants for Growing (Upcoming: 2019 Deadline Announcement)

Grants for Growing is a competitive grant program that supports school agricultural education projects. These grants foster a positive impact on local communities and enhance chapter learning experiences. Since 1985, Tractor Supply Company has supported FFA’s mission, through funding scholarships, sponsoring national FFA events and youth awards.
They believe that cultivating students through agriculture education provides them with the skills they need to carry themselves into the community and workplace, and is important to the future of our company, as well as the success of rural America. See past recipients work and learn more here!

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (Rolling)

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.

For schools only: Our “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public and nonprofit schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition. The “Fruit Tree 101” event is typically completed in two parts. The first, typically held on a weekend to accommodate volunteer schedules, involves planting the orchard under the direction of our certified arborist. We rely on the school to help coordinate local volunteers for this day. The second part, held when school is in session, invites students to join FTPF’s instructors for a fun, hour-long lesson about the importance of trees for the environment and fruit in the diet—culminating in a group tree planting exercise. Local media often attends and reports on the great things that are happening at the school. FTPF ideally seeks schools that can accommodate at least 20-25 trees on school grounds (at 15 ft. intervals) near existing irrigation sources (e.g. spigot or sprinklers). Orchards provide benefits for decades, and once they become established, require little maintenance. For more information about “Fruit Tree 101,” including photos and media articles, please visit www.ftpf.org/fruittree101.htm.

Change Happens Foundation Grants (Rolling)

The Change Happens Foundation seeks to fund innovative applicants and ideas with proven, high-level impact across three main areas: science, the environment, and education. Recent awards have gone to a program that offers nutrition and cooking education for parents and families, a program that embraces technology to improve educational outcomes for young people in low-income communities, and a program that provides outdoor environmental learning to students who would not otherwise have similar opportunities. Interested organizations should submit a letter of inquiry prior to their complete proposal. Grantees must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), be a government entity, or be an IRS-recognized tribe. Inquiries from a private foundation, as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, will not be reviewed. Valid charitable credentials and a three-year history of 990 forms are verified using Guide Star Charity Check, a comprehensive due diligence tool.

Salad Bars to School Grant (Rolling)

Salad Bars to Schools wants every school in the United States to have a salad bar as part of their school food service program so that every child—from elementary school, to middle school, to high school—has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins.

Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) that serves at least 100 reimbursable meals daily is eligible to apply to receive a salad bar. To qualify you must offer the salad bar as part of the reimbursable meal served in your district. The food services director for your district is the required contact person for the application.

Seed Savers Exchange: Community Seed Donations (Rolling)

Each year, Seed Savers Exchange donates the previous year’s unsold seeds to charitable organizations through the Herman’s Garden Seed Donation Program. To qualify for a Herman’s Garden seed donation, an organization must be a nonprofit or have a nonprofit umbrella sponsorship and have a shipping address within the United States.

Recipients do not choose specific varieties but will receive a wide selection of seed varieties. Organizations may not apply for more than one Herman’s Garden seed donation every twelve months.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds: Seed Donations (Rolling)

Our mission is helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing superior seeds, tools, information, and service. Each year, Johnny’s Selected Seeds provides financial support to national and local agricultural, educational, and horticultural programs, events, and efforts in service to our mission. To qualify for consideration, the requesting organization or program must be an agriculture needs-based organization provding appropriate agriculture or horticulture programs or efforts.

Head Start Garden Grants (Rolling)

National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) Garden Grant aims to support early healthy eating habits in children by giving them the opportunity to experience growing their own food. NHSA provides three different types of garden grants to Head Start programs who are members of NHSA.

Window Sill Garden – This grant provides for supplies necessary to create a small garden for a window sill. ($80 – $100)

Potted Plant Garden -This grant provides for supplies necessary to create a potted plant garden. ($90 – $120)

Full Garden Box – This grant provides for supplies necessary to create a full planter box garden outside. ($200 – $250)

Kars4Kids Grants (Rolling)

Kars4Kids is a national car donation charity that funds various educational and youth programs dedicated towards helping children succeed in school and in life. Through tuition aid, mentoring, and summer camps, Kars4Kidsprovides our children with the tools and skills to succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Orchard Grants (Rolling)

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations.

For schools only: Our “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public and nonprofit schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition.

Donorschoose.org

Connect to a thriving community of donors that is eager to fund your classroom projects through this crowdfunding platform. Request books, technology, field trips—anything you’ve been dreaming of for your students.Tap into our network and reach out to your own. Over 75% of teachers reach their funding goal. We order everything you requested and ship it straight to your school.

American Honda Foundation Grants (Multiple Deadlines)

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.

The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Youth education specifically in the area of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy are funding priority. Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply.

Karma for Cara (K4C) Foundation Grant (Multiple Deadlines)

The K4C Microgrant Program is the bridge between ideas and action. By providing microgrants in varying amounts up to $1,000, K4C helps young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world.

Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether you plan to turn a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuild a school playground or help senior citizens ready their homes for the winter, Karma for Cara wants to hear what project you’re passionate about.

Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce Grant (Multiple Deadlines)

Skoop and the Chef Ann Foundation have teamed up to launch Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants help schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies and nutrition education. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply.

Past Grants

Annie’s Grants for Growing (Deadline: November 1 )

We believe that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. When you eat Annie’s, you support food education and make healthy gardens accessible to hundreds of students across the country. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. We’ve seen firsthand how that exciting and inspiring that is for them. You must be able to answer “yes” to each of the statements below in order to be eligible for a garden grant:

  • My school is a k-12 school
  • My school is a public, private or charter school
  • If Public: My school is listed on the NCES database
  • If Private: My school is a private or charter associated with a charity or foundation that can receive tax-deductible grants
  • A school administrator has approved my plans for the garden.
  • I have developed a plan to utilize the full grant and sustain funding for the garden
  • At least 75 students will be involved with the garden
  • I agree that no more than 30% of the grant will go toward a garden coordinator salary

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® Grants (Deadline: September 28, 2018)

Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Toolbox grant requests can range from $2,000 to $5,000. The Fall Grant Cycle is open through September 28, 2018

GreenWorks! Grant (Deadline: September 30)

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 projects provide opportunities for student leadership and partner students with their whole school, local businesses and community organizations, and natural resource professionals. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, restore a natural habitat, and more. To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online, that provides training, lesson plans, and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into your curriculum or youth programs.

Target Field Trip Grants (Deadline: October 1)

It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, we launched Target field trip grants in 2007. Since then, we’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. As part of the program, Target stores award field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. We accept grant applications between noon CDT Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. CDT Oct. 1.

Nature Conservatory – Nature Works Everywhere (Oct. 5)

We are awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Our goal is to support young people who work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

Grants of $2,000 will be awarded up to 50 public or charter schools across the United States (minus U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa). Learn more here!

Seeds for Education Grant Program (Deadline: October 15)

Teachers and students across the United States are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with butterfly gardens, nature trails, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits. By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, students learn valuable life skills, including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come. We offer assistance for all aspects of such projects. Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. We can help you locate experts and information specific to your area—anywhere in the US. In the past decade, we’ve supported over a thousand such projects, and we can use this experience to help you.

Whole Kids Foundation – Honey Bee Grant (October 31)

In partnership with The Bee Cause Project, The Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational bee hive.

1. Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a bee hive educational program.
2. Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project
3. Traditional Langstroth Hive: equipment grant an outdoor hive with Starter Kit
4. Top Bar hive: equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit

CHS Classroom Grants – National Agriculture in the Classroom  (Deadline: Sept. 15)

CHS Foundation provides $500 grants each year to K-12 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects and agricultural literacy reading programs to name a few. The CHS Classroom Grant application becomes available on this page in mid-July and the deadline for applications is Sept. 15.

Rural Education Grant Fund  (Deadline: July 30)

What need do your students have that a Rural Education Fund grant could solve?GFPE is providing a limited number of grants up to $5,000 each to help rural schools and districts solve a current challenge.

If you can answer “yes”, to each question below, please apply by July 30.

  1. Is your school or school district located in a county with no more than 35,000 people?
  2. Is the amount you are requesting equal to or less than $5,000?
  3. Are you willing to work with the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education staff including on the publicizing of your grant?
  4. Are you willing to adhere to the timeline and project parameters you propose and if you are unable to do so, communicate in writing or return granted funds?

Project Hero (Deadline: June 30)

Project Hero connects students with locally threatened and endangered species and leads them on a Hero’s Quest to help those species with real-world solutions. The coalition of partners, led by Captain Planet Foundation, is seeking Georgia educators willing to take their students, grades 3-5 through the full Quest process offered by Project Hero, culminating in a hands-on project to support the pollinator species your students select to help. In exchange, educators are eligible to receive up to a $250 grant to support the pollinator habitat project their class chooses to implement.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 (Deadline: June 13)

Looking for funding to improve the healthy eating and physical activity opportunities at your school? Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to jump start healthy changes. To qualify for funding schools must enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60, have a registered Program Advisor, and participate in the National School Lunch Program. The application opens in mid-April!

Carton 2 Garden Contest (Deadline: April 16, 2018)

Show us your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living.

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. All schools that submit a completed entry form will receive a copy of Steps to a Bountiful Kids Garden book.

Get Schools Cooking Grants (Deadline: March 1, 2018)

Chef Ann Foundation’s Get Schools Cooking (GSC) program is for school districts who want to transition their food service operations from heat and serve processed foods to whole foods that are cooked from scratch.

Districts are given the opportunity to apply for a one-time $50,000 systems assistance grant that is designed to support the identified needs and goals of their program. Through GSC, food service directors and their teams are guided through a structured process in an intensive two-year operational program with an additional evaluation in year three.