Sarah Pounders – Education Specialist
Sarah Pounders – Education Specialist

Since 1982, KidsGardening has awarded Youth Garden Grants to 5436 schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States contributing over 2.9 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives. The 2017 Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by KidsGardening’s generous donor base with contributions from AeroGrow International, Inc., Eartheasy, Fiskars Brands, Gardener’s Supply Company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Nature Hills, and SmartPots.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

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, school, or youth program 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.

GRANT PACKAGES

A total of 20 programs will be awarded.

Top 5 programs will receive award packages valued at $750 that include:

  • 3 Autumn Bliss Raspberry Plants from Nature’s Hills
  • 3 Natchez Blackberry Plants from Nature’s Hills
  • 2 Harvest Elite AeroGardens from Miracle-Gro AeroGarden
  • 1 Super-Slim Lightweight Hose from Gardener’s Supply Company
  • 1 Smartpot Growing Bag
  • 1 Natural Cedar Raised Bed from Eartheasy
  • 1 Hand Tool Package from Fiskars Brands, Inc.
  • $50 Gardener’s Supply Company Gift Certificate
  • KidsGardening.org Curriculum Package

15 programs will receive award packages valued at $500 that include:

  • 1 Autumn Bliss Raspberry Plants from Nature’s Hills
  • 1 Natchez Blackberry Plants from Nature’s Hills
  • 1 Super-Slim Lightweight Hose from Gardener’s Supply Company
  • 1 Smartpot Growing Bag
  • 1 Natural Cedar Raised Bed from Eartheasy
  • 1 Hand Tool Package from Fiskars Brands, Inc.
  • $50 Gardener’s Supply Company Gift Certificate
  • KidsGardening.org Curriculum Package

SUBMISSION PROCESS

Due Date: Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2016. The application is completed through an online survey system.

Click here to begin the application.yggbarnraiserhead3

Please read through the entire application before you begin. This will help you avoid duplicating information and allow you to make the best use of the available space.

Click here to download a pdf file of the questions to view ahead of time.

We strongly advise saving the questions into a Word document and copying and pasting your answers into the application.

Please note you may go back in and edit your document by clicking the "resume later" button; however once you select “submit” you will not be able to edit or access your application. Also note, applications that are started but not submitted will not be considered for the award. You will receive a confirmation statement that the application was successfully received after you select submit.  Applications that are started, but not submitted, will not be considered for the award.

If you have selected the "resume later" button, please write down your user name and password for your return to the application. When you are ready to continue, visit this first page of the grant application and select the "Load Unfinished Survey" button at the bottom left corner to arrive at a screen to enter your name and password.

NOTIFICATION AND AWARD FULFILLMENT

Winners will be notified via email on January 15, 2017. A list of winners will also be posted on KidsGardening.org on that date. Awards will be distributed in February 2017.

REPORTING REQUIREMENT

Grant awardees will be required to report on their garden’s progress within six months of receiving the award. These reports help NGA determine the overall impact of the grant program and gather ongoing support for youth gardening. If you do not feel that you will be able to comply with these reporting requirements, please do not apply. Recipients who do not complete these requirements will not be eligible to apply for future awards.

Reporting requirements include:

  • 5-10 digital images of the school garden
  • Parental release forms to accompany images of children
  • Completion of an online survey
  • Provide an updated overview of the garden program

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QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUTH GARDEN GRANT? Contact us at: [email protected]

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