Grants for School and Youth Gardens

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The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1973, is a nonprofit leader in plant-based education. We serve a national audience with timely materials designed to foster an appreciation for gardening.

Our programs and initiatives highlight the opportunities for plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the country. We serve as a bridge to connect people to gardening in five core fields: plant-based education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and responsible home gardening.

Educators and youth leaders have always provided the National Gardening Association (NGA) with meaningful and inspiring anecdotal accounts of how gardening boosts kids' interest in school and learning, improves their attitudes about eating healthful foods and caring for the environment, helps them develop social skills and self-esteem, and gives them a feeling of community spirit.

NGA's grant and award programs are funded by generous corporations and foundations that share NGA's vision of a greener future and belief in the powerful impact gardening programs can have on the mental, physical, and psychological health of individuals. Beginning with 50 Youth Garden Grants in 1982, NGA has delivered 9,310 grants and awards worth approximately $3.7 million, reaching an estimated 1.4 million young gardeners.

Winning one grant does not disqualify you from winning another within the same year, so please apply to all that are appropriate for your program! We offer the following grants:

  • Midwest Garden Grant
  • Espoma Environmental Stewardship Retail Award
  • Espoma Environmental Stewardship Home Gardener Award
  • Voot's "Get Kids Growing" Garden Grants
  • Mantis Tiller Award
  • It's All About the Fruit and Veggies!
  • Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant
  • Youth Garden Grant Award
  • Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award
  • Syngenta IPM in School Gardens Grant
  • To stay informed on grant and award announcements and deadlines, sign up for NGA's Kids Garden News - a free monthly e-newsletter featuring thematic articles and activities, links to educational resources, and announcements of upcoming grants.

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    National Gardening Association (NGA)
    237 Commerce Street, Suite 101
    Williston, VT 05495
    Phone: 800-538-7476 (800-LETSGRO)
    Fax: 802-864-6889

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