Funding Opportunities


School Garden Funding

California Native Garden Foundation’s Garden Design GrantEach year CNGF makes grants to K-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education. Types of support include garden design services, in-kind donations of plants and landscape materials, volunteer assistance, and direct financial assistance. Grant amounts are limited to $1,000 for in-kind assistance, $500 in direct cash assistance, and $5,000 for design services.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation: FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.

California Fertilizer Foundation: Teachers interested in starting or expanding a school garden are invited to apply for one of 24 CFF School Garden Grants of $1,200 plus educational materials.

National Gardening Association: The NGA awards a number of grants throughout the year, some in partnership with corporations like Subaru and  Jamba Juice. Their Kids Gardening website offers a comprehensive list of open grants, past winners, and more.

Bonnie Plants’ 3rd Grade Kids Cabbage Program: Bonnie Plants delivers millions of free cabbage plants each year to students in third grade classes throughout the country. The program offers students a chance to get a unique, hands-on gardening experience through growing colossal cabbages, reaping hefty harvests, and holding high hopes to win “best in state” and receive a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant: Lowe’s will donate $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups—at more than 1,000 different public schools per school year.

Captain Planet Foundation: The Captain Planet Foundation awards grants of up to $2,500 to hands on projects that promote understanding of environmental issues in youth.

Western Growers Foundation: Throughout each year Western Growers Foundation is pleased to offer California and Arizona schools the opportunity to apply for various grants.  These grants may be specific to a region and/or specific to a grade level.

California ReLeaf Grant: Incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community based groups in California are invited to apply for this grant to purchase, plant and then maintain trees on public land.

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom’s Literacy for Life Grant: Literacy for Life Grants are designed to initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy. Funds are provided to California educators to support the integration of agriculture into regular classroom instruction.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants for Grades K-5: K-5 grade teachers are invited to use Toshiba America Foundation’s short application form to describe a set of lessons or a hands-on project they would like to introduce in their own classrooms. With the Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Wild Ones’ Seeds for Education Grants: Wild Ones is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the use of natural landscaping with native plant species as an ecologically better alternative to traditional landscaping practices. Schools, nature centers, and other nonprofit and not-for-profit places of learning (including houses of worship) with a site available for this stewardship project may apply for an SFE grant.

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Regional Model Grants: EPA’s Office of Environmental Education grants program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment.

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant: The School Garden Grant Program is a collaboration between Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps. To be eligible for the $2,000 School Garden Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grants: Since its inception, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb provided over $1 million to 115 community groups and helped to complete nine garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada.

Annie’s Grants for Gardens: Annie’s offers grants to school gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.