- Farm to School Fundraising: From the National Farm to School Network, this document gives tips and information on fundraising strategies, including applying for grants.
- A+ Fundraisers for High Schools: This comprehensive guide from New York is a great resource for hosting healthy food or non-food fundraisers at school.
- Woolly School Garden Fundraising Kit: The kit includes fundraising ideas, a template fundraiser flyer, and template for a donation request letter.
- Fundraising and the Smart Snacks Rule: This document from USDA summarizes how the Smart Snacks rule (effective July 1, 2014) affects school fundraisers, and includes ideas for healthy ones.
Additional Resources and Opportunities:
- Whole Kids Foundation offers Garden Grant Writing Tips with suggestions and resources for writing grants.
- Visit our research page for studies you can use to support the case for farm to school in your grant applications.
- GardenABCs provides a compilation of various school garden grants.
- Search Environmental Education in Georgia for grants and opportunities.
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.
Carton 2 Garden Contest (Deadline: April 16)
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.
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.
ecoSolution Grant (Deadline: July 15)
ecoSolution Grants ranging from $500-$2,500 support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States. Please note that ecoSolution Grants will only support direct project costs.
ecoSTEM Kits (Deadline: July 15)
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 (Deadline: July 15)
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.
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.
Salad Bars to School Grant (Rolling Application)
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 Applications)
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 Applications)
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 Applications)
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 Application)
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 Applications)
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 (Year round)
Connect to a thriving community of donors that is eager to fund your classroom projects through this croudfunding 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.
2018 Project Orange Thumb Grant Application (Deadline: February 2)
We’ll choose 30 recipients from this year’s applicants to receive $3,500 in gift cards and tools to help support their goals of neighborhood beautification and horticulture education.
In order to be eligible for a Project Orange Thumb grant, the garden initiative must be for a not-for-profit or 501(c)(3) organization within North America that has not received a Project Orange Thumb grant in the past. The Project Orange Thumb team looks for organizations committed to the long-term success of gardens that will promote healthy and sustainable food sources, community collaboration and neighborhood beautification.
The America’s Promise Healthy Schools Fund Grant (Deadline: January 22)
The America’s Promise Healthy Schools Fund will support communities working to create healthier school environments for all children. Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education—housing, employment, transportation, and food access— as well as many audiences, efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change.
America’s Promise will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years (for a total of up to $300,000) to collaborative efforts that display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities.
Smart from the Start Award (Rolling Applications not currently available )
The Smart from the Start Awards were designed to encourage preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool. Smart from the Start has awarded almost 50 grants helping families, community members, students, and faculty make life-changing decisions for a healthier lifestyle.