Serving Cook County

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.

America Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation awards grants in the areas of youth and scientific education to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.

Annie's Grants for Gardens
The school garden must be an edible school garden (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and be located in the US. 

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.

Carton2Garden Contest
The Carton 2 Garden Contest is open to schools. Contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.

Clif Bar Family Foundation
These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Applications are reviewed three times a year; the deadlines are the 1st of February, June, and October. Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle.

Cook County Farm Bureau Grants
The Cook County Farm Bureau offers funds for projects through the Spring 2019 Teacher Grant that promote agricultural literacy in the classroom. They also offer a grant that will provide admission for one Cook County K- 12 teacher to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.

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. 

Home Depot Community Impact Grant
The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.

Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant
This grant provides funding for developing a wildlife habitat on school grounds or other public places.

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.

Klorane Botanical Foundation's Budding Botanist Grant
Klorane Botanical Foundation's Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. 

Public Garden Funding Resources
The American Public Gardens Association compiled a list of grants available to community gardens. If your school garden is also accessible to the public in some way, you may be eligible for these grants.

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. 

The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
Public and/or private 3rd through 6th-grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of fifteen (15) students may apply for an indoor or an outdoor herb garden grant.

Trees for Wildlife
The National Wildlife Federation provides free native tree seedlings to partners who in turn plant them through local restoration projects or community tree giveaway events. Tree giveaway events typically involve distributing seedlings to individuals (often students) that will plant the trees and care for them at home.

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.

Youth Garden Grant
The 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 organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States 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. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply must wait one year after receiving the award and must prove that their garden programs have been significantly expanded.