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 and Upcoming Grants

Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden (Deadline Jan. 31, 2020)

Project Learning Garden stands up school-based programs where educators use the garden as an
onsite learning laboratory and as a way to integrate the gardens into youth-based nutrition programs
and school cafeterias. Geographic emphasis is in the Atlanta Metro region (predominantly Atlanta, Henry, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Public Schools), although other regions and school districts
in the U.S. are included as initiatives of specific funding partners. Project Learning Garden provides gardens, materials, professional development, and capacity-building support valued at $3,000 per school (non-cash). For more information Click Here.

Carton 2 Garden Contest (Deadline: April 1, 2020)

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 15 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.

FY 2019 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities (Deadline June 30, 2020)

The purpose of the Equipment Assistance Grants is to distribute funding allocations provided by the Agriculture Appropriations Act. State agencies competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), giving priority to high need schools (i.e., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment) where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals. These funds will allow SFAs to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 (*Opening in Spring 2020)

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.

Ongoing Grants

Seeds for Education Grant Program (Annual application period opens in July and closes 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.

ecoTECH Grant (Deadlines are Jan. 15 and 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.

ecoSolution Grant ( Deadlines are Jan. 15 and July 15)

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 (Deadlines are Jan. 15 and 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

American Honda Foundation Grants (Deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 for new organizations, May 1 for returning)

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.

National Education Association Foundation Grants (Deadlines are Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15)

Student Achievement Grants, offered by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, are for projects that help students learn how to think critically and solve problems in order to improve student learning. Learning & Leadership Grants, offered by the NEA Foundation, are for professional development opportunities for individuals or groups. Grants are available to current members of NEA who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects, which can include farm to school activities. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000.

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation (Deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 15)

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.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds: Seed Donations (Donation requests are reviewed quarterly each calendar year)

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 providing appropriate agriculture or horticulture programs or efforts.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation (Letters of interest and concept papers accepted on a rolling basis)

  • 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.
  • 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.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (Rolling deadline)

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.

Our orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to care for their trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose. If selected for an orchard donation, FTPF provides high-quality fruit trees and shrubs, equipment, on-site orchard design expertise and oversight, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training and manuals. Free arboricultural workshops are available throughout the day of the planting and, for schools, a fun, age-appropriate curriculum (“Fruit Tree 101”), with our educators, emphasizing the importance of trees for the environment and fruit in the diet is available.

For schools only: Our Fruit Tree 101 program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at schools of all levels to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of improved school lunch nutrition.

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.

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.

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.

Project Hero Quests (Rolling?)

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. Small grant funds are available to help with the material costs of projects for classes that register for Project Hero Quests and submit feedback and data at various checkpoints.


Past Grants

CHS Classroom Grants – National Agriculture in the Classroom  (Deadline: Sept. 15, 2019)

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.

Round IX Georgia Shape School Grant (Deadline: Sept. 23, 2019)

Georgia Shape will provide grants to schools to implement evidenced-based strategies and activities that advance policies and improve environments that support the adoption of healthy behaviors. Click here to read the full funding opportunity.

Schools may apply for funding option 1 or funding option 2 below:

  • Core Grant: Receive $3,200 to implement 2 nutrition priority activities* during the 2019-20 school year
  • Enhanced Grant: Receive $5,200 to implement 2 nutrition AND 1 physical activity priority activities* during the 2019-20 school year

Green Education Foundation Green Thumb Challenge Grant (Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019)

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 $500 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.

Karma for Cara (K4C) Foundation Grant (Deadline Oct. 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.

The Herb Society of America Classroom Herb Garden Grants (Deadline Oct. 1, 2019)

Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of fifteen (15) students may apply for an herb garden grant. For the 2019-20 grant cycle, The Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $200 to establish an herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources.

The 2019 application period has opened. The application period ends October 1, 2019 and awards will be announced December 2, 2019. Apply for the grant here.

Target Field Trip Grants (Deadline: Oct. 1, 2019)

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.

Dr. Joe B. Crane Classroom Grants Program (Deadline Oct. 10, 2019)

GAC started this program to deliver grant funds directly to teachers for ag education projects. It is named for longtime GAC Director and education program advocate Dr. Joe B. Crane of Valdosta. Dr. Joe was an integral part of the Lowndes County Board of Education and carried his passion for education wherever he went. We are proud to honor him by presenting this award to a few teachers each year. The deadline for the 2019 applications is October 10. More details and application form here.

American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network Grant (Deadline 5 p.m. EST, Oct. 11, 2019)

The American Heart Association is seeking schools and educational facilities that are working to connect children to the garden, supporting health, nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Through this grant program, we hope to build strong communities who commit to growing healthy kids. Program elements include building, growing and maintaining a garden, providing a hands-on learning experience, and teaching students about healthy eating and gardening via an interactive cross-curricular, standards-based gardening and nutrition education curriculum. Grants will be awarded with the value of $2500 to support new or established school garden programs. How you can participate:

Gro More Good Garden Grants (Deadline Oct. 11, 2019)

Through the Gro More Good Garden Grants initiative, the National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation will work with Head Start programs across the country to teach children, families, and communities how to grow their own fresh produce—for life. Our multi-year initiative will make garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families. Click here for FAQs.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and National Head Start Association Garden Grant Program will award ten grants each program year. This is the second year of the three year program with the next opportunity to apply in the fall of 2020. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and materials and gardening educational resources. Start your application here.

Whole Kids Foundation –  Honey Bee Grant (pt. 1 closes 6 p.m. EDT Oct. 15, pt. 2 closes 6 p.m. EDT Oct. 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

More grants at

Whole Kids Foundation – Garden Grant  (Deadline 6 p.m. EDT Oct. 15)

  • K–12 School
  • 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K–12 school
  • 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

More grants at

Get Schools Cooking Grants (Deadline: 5 p.m. MST Oct. 28, 2019)

Chef Ann Foundation’s Get Schools Cooking (GSC) provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Districts are given the opportunity to apply for a one-time $35,000 systems assistance grant that is designed to support the identified needs and goals of their program. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program.

Produce Safety University (Opens for nominations October – December )

Produce Safety University (PSU) is a one-week training course designed to help school foodservice staff identify and manage food safety risks associated with fresh produce. PSU addresses produce purchased from traditional suppliers, direct from farmers, and through the DoD Fresh program. The course was developed jointly by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Training materials based on the course curriculum are available at the Produce Safety Resources Page.

PSU is open to State Agency staff who work with the National School Lunch Program and school foodservice program directors and staff who operate the National School Lunch Program at the local level. FNS invites State Agencies to nominate participants to attend PSU. FNS typically accepts nominations between October and December each year. If you are interested in attending a future PSU class, contact your State Agency that administers Child Nutrition Programs or Food Distribution Programs.

Annie’s Grants for Growing (Deadline: November 1, 2019 )

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

255 Seed Money Garden Grants (Deadline Nov. 12, 2019)

This year, SeedMoney is offering 255 garden grants totaling $40,000 to diverse food garden projects through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge running from Nov 15 to Dec 15. Our grants are open to all types of public food garden project (youth gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, etc.) regardless of their location. The grants we offer are on a sliding scale and range from $50 to $700. The size of a grant a project can receive depends on how much it is able to raise over the 30-day period compared to other projects participating in the challenge. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm EDT on November 12, but we encourage early applications to beat the rush. Download application instructions here. Start your application here.

Rural Education Grant Fund  (Deadline: July 30, 2019)

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?

Grants for Growing (Deadline: Feb. 11, 2019)

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!

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® Grants (Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019)

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 Spring Grant Cycle is open through Feb. 8, 2018

2019 Youth Garden Grant (Deadline: 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.

GreenWorks! Grant (Deadline: September 30, 2018)

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.

Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce Grant (Currently closed, check for updates)

Project Produce, a program of Chef Ann Foundation, provides schools funds to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole ingredients used in scratch-cooked recipes. Food service staff, often with support from other school personnel, host tastings and food literacy events in the cafeteria in order to increase student exposure and acceptability of fresh fruits, vegetables, and new recipes. Favorite fruits, vegetables, and new recipes are incorporated into school meals and are promoted through peer-to-peer marketing strategies. These activities help to expand kids’ palates and encourage healthy eating habits in school and out. The application window is currently closed. We will update this webpage as soon as we are accepting applications again.

Nature Conservatory – Nature Works Everywhere (Closed)

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!