Here’s a garden grant opportunity from BirdSleuth:
“School gardens provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. Students that engage in school gardening are likely to experience academic, physical, emotional, social, and even behavioral benefits. We are seeking 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.
Application Process & Eligibility
The application is open to all K-12 schools within the United States. The application process opens January 1, 2016 and will close February 15, 2016. We will notify all applicants on February 22, 2016. At least half the gardens funded will be underserved, high-need, urban schools. Apply here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Grant Details & Timeline
Alaska Fertilizer has given a total of $12,000 to distribute to 10 schools across the United States. Each school will receive a BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit and $500-$2,000 depending on the school’s needs.
- All winners will be notified February 22, 2016.
- Selected winners must first attend an online training either March 3 at 7pm ET or March 7 at 8pm ET. Upon completion, 75% of the allocated funds will be provided along with the Habitat Connections kit.
- Between March and June, the winning schools must implement their proposed garden plan and the kit lessons.
- A final report is required no later than July 1, 2016 from each school. This final report will consist of a brief survey and sharing the school’s progress on the BirdSleuth Action Map. Upon submission of the final report, each school will receive the remaining 25% of the funds to support continuation of the project.
Alaska Fertilizer produces fish emulsion fertilizers, made from by-products of the fishing industry. High in organic matter, these fertilizers make use of otherwise wasted nutrients. These fertilizers are useful on all types of plants, easy to use, difficult to over-apply, harmless, and organic – making them ideal for school use!”