The application for garden grants has now closed. If you applied, you will be informed by February 22 of your application status. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
BirdSleuth School Garden Grant
School gardens provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students who engage in school gardening are likely to experience academic, physical, emotional, social, and even behavioral benefits. We are seeking 10 dedicated teachers within the United States who strive to bring STEM and healthy living from the garden to the classroom. These teachers will receive a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit thanks to our sponsor Alaska Fertilizer. Funds may be used to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. In addition to food gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.
Application Process & Eligibility
The application is open to all K-12 schools, public and private, within the United States. The application process opens January 1, 2016 and will close February 15, 2016. We will notify all applicants on February 22, 2016 by 11:59pm EST. At least half the gardens funded will be underserved, high-need, urban schools. Apply here. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Grant Details & Timeline
Alaska Fertilizer has given a total of $12,000 to distribute to 10 schools across the United States. Each school will receive a BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit and $500-$2,000 depending on the school’s needs.
- All winners will be notified February 22, 2016.
- Selected winners must first attend an online training either March 3 at 7pm ET or March 7 at 8pm ET. Upon completion, 75% of the allocated funds will be provided along with the Habitat Connections kit.
- Between March and June, the winning schools must implement their proposed garden plan and the kit lessons.
- A final report is required no later than July 1, 2016 from each school. This final report will consist of a brief survey and sharing the school’s progress on the BirdSleuth Action Map. Upon submission of the final report, each school will receive the remaining 25% of the funds to support continuation of the project.
Alaska Fertilizer produces fish emulsion fertilizers, made from by-products of the fishing industry. High in organic matter, these fertilizers make use of otherwise wasted nutrients. These fertilizers are useful on all types of plants, easy to use, difficult to over-apply, harmless, and organic – making them ideal for school use!
Grant Application Questions
For those of you looking to prepare for the application, below are the questions.
Please tell us what you’d like to do to support the building or revitalization of your school garden. Describe in detail what you’d like to accomplish.
Where is/will the garden be located? When do you anticipate beginning your project and over what time frame do you think you will implement it?
Who will participate in the construction of your garden? Who will have access to the garden upon completion?
How do you plan to integrate gardening for birds or habitat creation/improvements? Please give us some details about your plans.
What learning/educational outcomes do you hope for?
How much funding are you requesting and how will you use the funding (plants, supplies, curriculum, seed, professional development, etc.)? Your chances of receiving an award will be higher if you are specific with your budget. Grants range $500-$2,000. You may not receive the amount you request. Grants will be based on need and impact.