Contact Us

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

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

Gemini Bhalsod
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1114 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: 847-201-4176
FAX: 847-201-4175

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

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

School Garden Resources

School Garden Resources


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

  • 2018 Carton2Garden Contest-Deadline: April 16, 2018
    The fourth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest is sponsored by Evergreen Packaging! 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. Fourteen schools will be awarded prize packages, including a grand prize worth $5,000! Spring 2018 Carton 2 Garden Entry Forms must be submitted by Monday, April 16, 2018.

  • 2018 Youth Garden Grant
    The 2018 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.

  • 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
    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. -

  • Clif Bar Family Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Grants Program-Deadline: February 1, 2018
    The foundation will award general support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects in one or more of its five focus areas: promoting Earth's beauty and bounty; creating robust, healthy food systems; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards and building stronger communities.

  • Cook County Farm Bureau: 2018 Community Garden Grants-Deadline: February 28, 2018
    Cookfresh® Community Urban garden Grant Program is designed to “help” community gardens access needed plantings, seed, raised bed construction material, soil, compost, fencing and more. Cookfresh® Cook County will award five (5) $300.00 grants to urban/community gardens in Cook County that are seeking to enhance their garden’s success. A grant application sub-committee will evaluate applications and award five garden grants. Awarded Cookfresh® grant funds are in the form of vouchers, redeemable same as cash at participating CCFB member Greenhouses and Garden Centers.

  • 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.

  • 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: 2018 program will OPEN on February 1, 2018.
    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 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.

  • Klorane Botanical Foundation's Budding Botanist Grant-Deadline: January 31, 2018
    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. In 2018, six grant packages valued at $3,000 in cash and supplies will be awarded in six metro areas across the United States including Chicago, Kansas City (MO or KS), Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. (One school will be chosen from each location.) Applications are due January 31, 2018. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2018.

  • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant-Deadline: February 9, 2018
    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.

  • 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 with the subject line “School Garden Grant”.

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro Grassroots Grants-Deadline: February 19, 2018
    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-Deadline: February 12, 2018
    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 2018
    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: February 1, 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 Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant-Deadline: October 1, 2018
    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 Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $200 "Seed Money" to establish an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources.

  • 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.