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Margaret Burns Westmeyer
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
mburnswe@illinois.edu

Latosha Reggans
Extension Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
lreggans@illinois.edu

Emilia Arellano
Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
1114 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: 847-201-4176
FAX: 847-201-4175
arellano@illinois.edu

Ron Wolford
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
rwolford@illinois.edu

Nancy Kreith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
kreith@illinois.edu

School Garden Resources

School Garden Resources

Grants

  • Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant: Application Deadline: November 30, 2017
    This grant provides funding for developing a wildlife habitat on school grounds or other public places.

  • 2017 Carton2Garden Contest-Deadline: April 12, 2017
    Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present our third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest! Open to public and private 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. Deadline April 12, 2017

  • 2017 Youth Garden Grant
    2017 Youth Garden Grant The 2017 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.

  • America Honda Foundation-Deadline: August 1, 2017
    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
    Grants for school gardens. The school garden must be an edible school garden (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and be located in the US.

  • 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 $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state.

  • Chef Ann Foundation: Fruit and Veggie Grants
    Skoop and the Chef Ann Foundation have teamed up to launch Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants help schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies and nutrition education. -

  • Disney Summer of Service Grants
    Disney Summer of Service grants offer young change-makers $500 to gather their friends and turn creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities.

  • Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant
    Project Orange Thumb is a community garden grant program that provides tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources.

  • Fruit Tree Planting Foundation- Deadline: None. Applications accepted on a rolling basis
    For schools only: Our “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public and nonprofit schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition.

  • Home Depot Community Impact Grant: Deadline: December 31, 2017
    The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. This is a rolling application process. You will receive a decision on your application within six weeks of submission.

  • Jewel-Osco Community Grants
    Jewel-Osco is providing funding to qualifying organizations that have one of the following provisions, nutrition education, healthy eating, hunger relief, and local/sustainable conscientiousness. Eligibility requires 501(c)(3) organization status.

  • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant: Opens: August 7, 2017
    Lowe's will donate up to $5 million to K-12 public/charter schools and to parent teacher groups - at as many as 1,000 different public schools per school year.

  • Nature Conservancy Accepting Proposals for School Gardens
    due Nov. 3, 2017. $2,000 max. Public or charter elementary, middle, or high schools are eligible.

  • Safer School Garden Grant: Apply between September 1 to December 1.
    You can apply for the Safer® School Garden Grant by sending an email to saferscholarship@gmail.com with the subject line “School Garden Grant”.

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro Grassroots Grants-Deadline: February 20, 2017
    Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States.

  • SODEXO Stop Hunger Foundation Grants
    One in five children in America are at risk of hunger. This is a problem that can be solved, and kids are a part of the solution! YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for 125 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities.

  • Sponsor-A-Hive Bee Grants: Opens Fall 2017
    Bees offer a wonderful way for children and communities to learn about science, ecology, agriculture, societal structure, mutual cooperation, and even history – all by caring for and observing the activity of bees maintained on an on-site bee house. The innovative Sponsor-A-Hive program bestows beekeeping grants to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe such on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States.

  • Student Achievement Grants-Deadlines: June 1, October 1, 2017
    The NEA Foundation provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

  • 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 Captain Planet Foundation: Deadlines: September 30 and January 31, 2017
    Grants must be project-based; projects must be performed by youth; projects must have real environmental outcomes; be based in the United States.

  • The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant-Deadline: October 1, 2017
    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.

  • The Science of Soil: Let it Grow Contest
    The second annual Let It Grow Contest invites teachers and community adults to vote daily for a school of their choice to win a grand prize of a $5,000 agricultural grant and an introduction to a local agronomist! In addition, five runners up will win a $1,000 agricultural grant and the chance to receive a celebratory winner event!

  • USDA: Farm to School Grant Program
    Thank you for your interest in the Farm to School Grant Program! On this page you will find an overview of the program, information about available funding and past awards, resources for current grantees and more.

  • 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
    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.