At A Glance
This program started:
Applications due by:
Winners Announced On:
Fri, 04/27/2012 (All day)
Is this program still open?
NGA is delighted to announce the third year of the Midwest Garden Grant program. 30 programs throughout the Midwest have received funding for the past three years providing over $30,000 in donations to National Gardening Association to support schools and garden programming. Midwest grants will be distributed to applicants located in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
We are also proud to announce that Proven Winners®, #1 Plant Brand will be joining the efforts in 2012 in supporting youth gardening by offering Proven Winners Supertunia Petunias® to winning programs
NGA awards Midwest Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements: educational focus or curricular/program integration to reinforce academics life skills instruction (e.g. nutrition, growing one’s own food, learning to be responsible) developing environmental stewardship encouraging students to make positive choices for themselves and the planet Program applicants must be able to provide a budget within their application and provide matching funds of at least $250. This value may be achieved through cash donations, in-kind services, supply donations (e.g. soil, plant, tool, or educational supplies). Applicants are asked to supply a list with corresponding monetary value.
Who Should Apply
Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. Previous Midwest Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply may do so, but must wait one year (e.g., if you won in 2011, you can apply again in 2013) and have significantly expanded their garden programs.
For the 2012 grant cycle, 10 programs will receive a garden grant package worth $750 (see below). Winning programs will also receive Supertunia Petunia flowers.
The grant package includes:
- One (1) raised bed
- An “Eat a Rainbow” kit
- A two-tiered GrowLab
- Garden Composter
- Compost pail
- Tool set
- National Gardening Association Curriculum
- Proven Winners Supertunia Petunias® from Proven Winners®.
Due Date: Applications must be submitted by April 1st, 2012. All applications must be submitted electronically.
We will notify you about the status of your application via email by April 27th, 2012. A list of winners will also be posted from this page on KidsGardening. Awards will be distributed in May 2012.
Grant awardees reporting demonstrates the impact the award has had on the students, teachers and the surrounding community. By accepting an award grant winners are asked to complete the following:
- A pre-gardening (April) and post gardening survey (September)
- A one-page essay discussing the impact the award
- 5 to 10 digital photos with parental release forms
*Programs that do not complete the final report will not be eligible to apply for future awards.
**No purchase necessary. Purchase of a product does not improve your chances of receiving an award.