Why School Gardens?
Whole Kids Foundation believes that student involvement in a school garden fosters a relationship between students and their food. It creates knowledge of and respect for whole nutritious food, informing their food choices for years to come.
Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation has invested over $4 million to support over 2,100 school gardens across the United States and Canada. Check out our online map to see where we have supported grants.
The School Garden Grant program
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.
2015 School Garden Grant application
Open: September 1st, 2014
Closed: October 31st, 2014
Review Period: Winter 2015
Notification of all applicants: March 1, 2015
Please note: this is an online application.
Important information and resources:
- Preview this copy of application questions and get started now! Make a copy of your application answers first then transfer to the online application once it’s available.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Consult our Grant Writing Tips for tips on writing your grant application.
- Visit our School Garden Resource Center
- School garden must be an edible school garden (such as growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and located on the grounds of a K-12 school (public, private or charter, elementary, middle or secondary)
- Applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private or charter, elementary, middle or high) or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with a K-12 school.
- Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of a Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant.
- Applicant must have the participation and support of a specific partner organization from the community (such as a nonprofit, a farm, a local business, a Whole Foods store, or a garden club) that brings added support and sustainability to the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for this grant.
Want more inspiration? Check out our School Garden success stories!