School Garden Grants
Thank you to all who applied for this year’s school garden grant. We will notify everyone of the status of their application by Friday, October 20, 2017. We kindly ask you do not email us to check on the status of you application prior to this date.
We’re awarding $25,000 in grants to grow healthy, happy, nature-connected kids!
School gardens provide an exciting context for cross-disciplinary learning and a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on activities, project-based learning, and citizen science. Kids benefit from gardens in academic, physical, emotional, social, and behavioral ways. We are excited to support teachers’ efforts to engage kids in outdoor learning and all its benefits!
We will award 20 grants to teachers within the United States who strive to take the classroom outside, reconnect students with the natural world, and teach them valuable concepts and skills that integrate across all subjects. In partnership with our amazing sponsor, Alaska Fertilizer, we’re thrilled to support 20 teachers with a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit. Funds can support a new garden or the revitalization of an existing one. In addition to funding food/veggie 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. Homeschool families, daycare facilities, and informal education settings such as nature centers and museums are not eligible. We cannot support U.S. territories at this time. The online application process opens August 21, 2017 and will close October 8, 2017 at 11:59pm ET. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Watch a recording of our free webinar “Starting a School Garden for Birds.” We spent part of the webinar discussing the garden grant application.
Grant Application Questions
For those of you looking to prepare for the application, below are the questions. Review our Spring 2016 Garden Grant Winners for inspiration!
- 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 from $500-$2,000. You may not receive the amount you request. Grants will be based on need and impact.
Grant Details & Timeline
Each school selected will receive a BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit, gardening supplies from Alaska Fertilizer, and $500-$2,000 depending on the school’s needs and overall funding requests.
- Application window: August 21-October 8, 2017.
- All winners notified by October 20, 2017.
- BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit will be sent to winners immediately.
- Selected winners must attend a 1.5 hour online training either November 1 at 7pm ET or November 2 at 8pm ET. After the training, 75% of the allocated funds will be provided.
- Between November 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, 2018 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!