Gardening Grants

Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids provides grants to help schools implement programs that help students eat better, stay physically active, and be more prepared to learn.

Big Green Learning Gardens
Big Green awards Learning Gardens based on a number of factors, including the strength of Garden Team, plans for garden use, student demographics, and location.

Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program
Each year, Bonnie Plants distributes free cabbage plants to third graders across the country to foster an interest in gardening and the environment. Students in these third grade classrooms each get their very own cabbage to plant, take care of and harvest. The cabbages are the O.S. Cross variety, which are known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids. As part of the program, Bonnie awards a scholarship to one student in each state.

Cook County Farm Bureau Grants
The Cook County Farm Bureau offers supplemental funding for Cook County urban community gardens to be used for plantings, seeds and garden material purchased at CCFB member businesses.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
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. 

Schoolyard Habitat Grants
This grant provides funding for developing a wildlife habitat on school grounds or other public places. Projects must emphasize student/youth involvement with planning, development and maintenance and increase the educational and wildlife habitat values of the site.

Jewel-Osco Foundation
The Jewel-Osco Foundation funds organizations that strengthen the neighborhoods we serve. We support nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with our priority areas: Hunger, Youth and Education, Veterans, Supporting Diversity and Inclusion of All Abilities Eligibility requires 501(c)(3) organization status.

Kids Gardening Grant Opportunities
Kids Gardening sponsors a Carton 2 Garden Contest where participating students create unique garden creations out of repurposed cartons. Fifteen schools will be selected to win a cash prize. Kids Gardening also has a long list of gardening grants available from other organizations.

Public Garden Funding Resources
There are many grants available to non-profit gardens that may be applicable to your wants and needs as a public garden. Many have restrictions, so please make sure you are eligible before applying.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Grassroots Grants
Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States.

The Bee Cause Grant
Today, our relationship with the honeybee is not sustainable. The number of honeybee colonies has decreased drastically in recent years. With awareness about the probable causes of the population decrease, The Bee Cause wants to curb the trend through education and through physically helping colonies of honeybees thrive. The Honeybee hive is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this. The Honeybee Hive Grant may be awarded to a nonprofit school or educational organization. 

Native Plant Garden Grants
Possibility Place Nursery has compiled a list of native plant garden grants.

USDA: Farm to School Grant Program
On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants to be used for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Farm to School Grant Program was appropriated additional funding. In FY 2019 and FY 2020, OCFS will release approximately $7.5 million to help reach more communities seeking to incorporate local products into the school meal programs, integrate agricultural education into the classroom, and cultivate and expand school gardens.

Walmart Community Grant Program
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Opportunity. To ensure that your application has the best chance of being funded, the proposed use of the grant should fit within one of these areas of giving. 

Whole Foods School Garden Grant
Kids who grow veggies, eat veggies, so school gardens can make a big difference. Through our Garden Grant program, schools and non-profit organizations turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity and support classroom curriculum.

Youth Changing the World Grants
Want to make a difference? Take action? Solve a tough community problem? Whether you're a child, teen, educator, or adult champion, YSA Grants can power your youth-led service and service-learning projects year-round.