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Friday, September 13, 2019



September 2019

Welcome Back School Gardeners!  Lots of great grant information this month J


Resource Management for Your School Garden Part I

Resource Management for Your School Garden Part II


School Garden Grant Information

  • Annie's Grants for GardensDue November 1
    • K-12 Public, private and charter schools are eligible or non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a school.
    • Projects must: include an edible school garden, have school administrator support, involve at least 75 students, and not pay for more than 30% of a school garden coordinator's salary.
    • Awards: $3,000 for first time grantees and $5,000 for returning grantees
  • American Honda Foundation - Due dates three times per year
    • Schools, nonprofits classified as 501(c) (3) s and private or public schools (elementary and secondary) are eligible.
    • Award range: $20,000 - $75,000 for one year
    • Budding Botanist is open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity
    • Twelve schools will be awarded a $250 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2,000 (three schools) or $1,000 (nine schools) to install or expand a school garden.
  • Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution GrantCurrent cycle open from Sept 15 - Jan 15
    • Schools, nonprofits and other organizations classified as 501(c) (3) are eligible
    • Projects must: support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes; be based in the United States; only support direct project costs.
    • Award range is between $500 - $2500.
  • Gro More Good Garden GrantsDue October 11
    • Head Start programs located at schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and intergenerational groups that host Head Start programs are eligible
    • Awards are $5,000 plus a garden kit and curriculum
  • The Home Depot FoundationCommunity Impact Grants currently open
    • Schools and 501(c) (3) organizations are eligible.
    • Awards are up to $5,000
    • The Home Depot also has opportunities to match donations from local stores with nonprofits. Follow this link for more information on how to request a match. 
  • Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
    • Public schools are eligible
    • Awards from $5,000 - $25,000
    • Visit this link to answer preliminary questions and learn more.
  • North Central SARE Youth Educator Grantdue November 14
    • Educators providing programming on sustainable agriculture for youth are eligible to apply
    • Awards are up to $4,000
  • Salad Bars to School Grant
    • Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. To qualify for a Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools grant, applicants must offer the salad bar as part of the reimbursable meal served in your district.
    • Schools use the award (approximately $3,147 value) to implement salad bars as part of their daily meal program
    • For more information and to apply, follow this link.
    • The top five program awards will be a grant package worth $2,100. An additional 20 grant packages worth $500 will be awarded.
    • Learn more and apply here
  • SeedMoney Garden GrantsOpen from November 15 – December 15
    • SeedMoney is offering a platform to provide mini-grants through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge.
    • Any public food garden project is eligible.
    • 255 grants will be awarded between $50 - $700. Amounts vary depending on how much a project raises through the challenge. Visit the website to learn more and sign up.
  • Target Field Trip Grantsdue October 1
    • K-12 schools (public, private, or charter) are eligible to apply
    • Awards are up to $700
  • Youth Micro-grants through Karma for Cara FoundationRolling deadline
    • Youth under age 18 who are working on a community service project (including school and community gardens).
    • Awards are between $250 - $1,000.

School Garden Educational Opportunities

  • Volunteer Management and Community Support -- September 26th, 2019 2-3pm EST Register
    Are you looking to engage your community in building, maintaining and celebrating your garden? School gardens are ideal places to involve the community and school gardens also require significant maintenance so they're the perfect place to bring people together. Join us as we discuss a few ways in which we have involved the community from regular maintenance with families, weekly volunteer hours, to large work days. We will discuss some of our favorite ways to get people out and excited, ideas for managing large volunteer groups, how to engage consistent volunteers, and help keep your garden looking good.

    Presented by: Sam Ullery: School Gardens Specialist Office of the State Superintendent of Education Washington, DC and Willa Pohlman Director of Programing and Trainings City Blossoms
    This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network.  Stay tuned for future webinars from members of the network!

  • Wisconsin School Garden Network Webinar: Exploring Soils in the Garden
    September 26, 2019, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Soils are alive with a variety of organisms that recycle nutrients, water, and gases. In this free webinar, we will discuss STEM lessons that we can harvest from the soil and demonstrate activities that allow students to explore the power of soils and the world beneath our feet. Activities will include:
  • "Soil your Undies" Challenge - measuring biological activity with a pair of underwear!
    • Soil breathing
    • Earthworm monitoring
    • The teabag test

  • MSU Extension Master Gardener Programs

MSU Extension Master Gardener Training Courses are typically offered starting in January, March and August in several locations around the state.

  • North American Association of Environmental Educators Professional Development



Kristine Hahn

Michigan State University Extension Educator

Community Food Systems

Oakland County Office

1200 Telegraph Rd. #26E

Pontiac, MI 48341


*Please note my new office location

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