BirdSleuth School Garden Grants – deadline February 15th

Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology is awarding grants between $500 – $2,000 to private and public schools.  The purpose of this program is to support the building or revitalization of school gardens, which will then provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning opportunities.

In addition to food gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.

In addition to monetary awards, recipients will receive gardening supplies and the funding agency’s Habitat Conservation kit. Information regarding the Habitat Connection kit can be found online at

Click HERE for more information and to apply for this grant.

New Partnership! Pollinator Buddies Program

SGN, in partnership with the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council , is launching a new   “Pollinator Buddies” program for 4th and 5th grades.

Eligible  schools will receive a free“Bee Smart Garden Kit” for ($150 value) and $100 towards the purchase of pollinator plants.  Interested schools will have the opportunity to have a presentation on creating  safe Bee Friendly school gardens.

“Bee Smart School Garden Kit”  developed by the Pollinator Partnership demonstrates the role and importance of pollinators and utilizes hands-on projects to increase awareness and encourage stewardship actions to provide safe habitat and forage for pollinators. In addition classrooms and the school will be introduced to the Bee Friendly Farming certification process. Schools will also receive  $100 to purchase native pollinator plants.

School Garden Network member schools can apply HERE  for the “Pollinator Buddies” program.

If you are not yet a member school you can sign up for a free membership HERE.

Job Opportunity – Executive Director of SGN

School Garden Network is looking for an energetic and passionate person with professional leadership experience to inspire and manage the School Garden Network of Sonoma County. This is a part-time, contractual position.  For more information on the position and how to apply, please visit the Job Opportunities section of our website.

Lowest Toolbox for Education grant-$5,000

Lowe’s will donate up to $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups – at as many as 1,000 different public schools per school year.Click here to see if you are eligible!

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes

It’s almost that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and we’re dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

Now in its 10th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $42 million to more than 9,600 schools across the country.

Imagine what you could do for your school

Increase parent involvement? Build stronger community spirit? Create a new school tradition? The ideas are endless. Whatever goals and dreams you have for your school, we can help you fulfill them!

2015-2016 Grant Application Update

Deadline February 12th!

For more than 65 years, Lowe’s has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to support the basic needs of their communities, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes the importance of financial support.

This year, as a foundation, we are challenging ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.

Please keep this focus in mind as you apply for a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®grant in the 2015-2016 academic year. Thank you.

Thank you for your support!

We want to thank everyone for their end of year donations! You helped us meet our goal and receive our generous matching gift from HMS Travel Group. Your contribution affirms the importance of what we do and helps us to accomplish our mission of supporting school gardens throughout Sonoma County. We are looking forward to a productive 2016 and extending our programs to help even more schools this year. Thank you for your support!

BirdSleuth School Garden Grant

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 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.

About Alaska FertilizerAlaska_Logo-01

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!”


Pollinator Buddies Program


SGN, in partnership with the The North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council, has a new “Pollinator Buddies” program. Qualifying schools will be eligible for a presentation on BeeFriendly gardens, and will receive $100 for pollinator plants and the “Bee Smart School Garden”curriculum. The BeeSmart curriculum, appropriate for  for 4th and 5th grades, utilizes hands-on projects to increase awareness about pollinators  and encourages stewardship actions to provide safe habitat.

School Garden Network member schools can apply HERE  for the “Pollinator Buddies” program.

Not a SGN member school yet? You can sign up free HERE.
Questions? Contact Laurel at


Garden Gathering at Salmon Creek School – Dec.16th

Garden Gathering at Salmon Creek School

Dec.16th  3pm-5pm


Join SGN for an informal garden gathering at Salmon Creek School. We’ll tour the gardens with the fabulous Kaelyn Ramsen  and learn about their Cooking in the Garden classes as well as the amazing garden to cafeteria program. Then we’ll gather in the warm greenhouse for hot cider, snacks and take some time to tell garden stories and nourish our network!

Please RSVP to Kaelyn <>

Join the Compost Club – Recycle Organic Waste on Your School Campus!

The Compost Club is looking for highly motivated schools in Sonoma County (3rd grade and up) with the capacity to initiate or improve an institution-wide daily practice of recycling organic waste through an onsite vermiculture system!

They will be delivering a one hour “Recycling Changes Everything” presentation to thirty schools in Sonoma County this school year. They will select seven schools to receive and install a school wide vermiculture system.

The Compost Club project started in 2003 and now supports more than twenty sites (schools, wineries, retreat centers, detention facilities) who now divert their organic waste. They have diverted more than 338,000 lbs. of organic waste since the effort began. With the recent closure of Sonoma Compost, now is the time to keep waste in place instead of the alternative – hauling our waste to the East Bay each day. Their work is grant funded- the services and materials they provide are free of charge.

You can contact them through their website at 

2016 Youth Garden Grant-due Dec.1st

Since 1982, National Gardening Association has awarded Youth Garden Grants to 5,416 schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States contributing over 2.9 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives. This year, Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by NGA’s generous donor base with contributions from Ames, Bonnie Plants, Cloudfarm, Eartheasy, Ecotonix, Gardener’s Supply Company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Rain Bird, and SmartPot.


The 2016 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program 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.

Click here to begin the application