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National Agriculture in the Classroom

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Funding Opportunities

PhotoFunding for a school garden can be acquired in a variety of ways. Teachers have found success soliciting donations from local businesses, writing proposals for school or district funds, securing funds from PTA/PTO, writing grants, and fundraising online. When soliciting donations, we recommend requesting specific items. Below is a list of organizations that provide opportunities for school garden funding and discounts.

  • The American Honda Foundation provides funding for youth education, specifically in the areas of STEM, environmental education, job training, and literacy.
  • Annie's Garden Funder is an online fundraiser through Crowdrise for school gardens.
  • The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants for project-based activities that have environmental outcomes.
  • The CHS Foundation's Classroom Grant Program is designed to fund projects that will educate K-12 students about the importance of agriculture.
  • DonorsChoose is an online fundraising platform for public school teachers.
  • Gardener's Supply Company provide a 25% discount to schools for every item purchased.
  • GoGetFunding is an online fundraising platform for any type of project.
  • The Green Education Foundation offers a Green Thumb Challenge Grant for youth garden projects.
  • The Herb Society of America offers a classroom herb garden grant.
  • Home Depot provides Community Impact Grants to support schools that use the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities.
  • The Honey Bee Grant Program is offered through Whole Kids Foundation in partnership with the Bee Cause Project and provides three grant options. Schools can apply for a monetary grant of $1,500 to support a honey beehive educational program, an equipment grant that supplies schools with a custom-made indoor observation hive, or an equipment grant that supplies an outdoor top bar hive with a starter kit.
  • Kids Gardening provides school garden grants and sponsorships.
  • The Kids in Need Foundation offers teacher grants to provide educators with funding to purchase the materials they need to conduct innovative projects in their classrooms.
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants can be used for constructing a school garden.
  • The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation offers Environmental Curricula Grants to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching, and incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.
  • The Sponsor-A-Hive Grant from the Honeybee Conservancy offers beekeeping grants to help schools, community gardens, and green spaces safely set up, maintain, and observe on-site beehives.
  • Toshiba American Foundation Grant funds innovative, project-based ideas for math or science instruction.
  • US Environmental Protection Agency offers Environmental Education Grants for projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship.
  • The Whole Kids Foundation has a school garden grant program.
  • Wild Ones offers a grant program for school gardens and community nature areas.