Current funding opportunities
If you’ve ever considered the possibility of crowd-funding to support your community garden or urban farm but weren’t sure how to start, the answer is in your backyard. ioby (its name derived from the opposite of NIMBY) connects people to environmental projects in their own neighborhoods. And, in fact, most ioby micro-donors give on average $35, live within 2 miles of the project site they’re supporting and regularly volunteer with the project.
- Post your project today at ioby.org.
Seed Money (Formerly Kitchen Gardeners International)
Deadline: November 12th, 2018
SeedMoney is a great way to catapult your garden’s sustainable fundraising plan. They are offering Challenge Grants and Merit Grants. “Challenge Grants” will be awarded to the first 75 projects that are able to raise $600 via their crowdfunding pages during SeedMoney’s 30-day challenge period running from November 15 to December 15. “Merit Grants” are more like traditional grants that don’t require that groups raise any funds of their own. Projects that don’t win Challenge Grants will automatically be considered for Merit Grants. Groups get to keep whatever funds they raise via their crowdfunding page whether or not they reach their funding target.
- learn more at this website: https://donate.seedmoney.org/faq
SARE Farmer Grants
Deadline: The deadline for 2018 Farmer Grants closed on December 5, 2017; upcoming 2019 grants will open in the Fall of 2018.
2019 Project Orange Thumb Online Grant
Project Orange Thumb is a community garden grant program that provides tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources. Fiskars has provided over $1.6 million to more than 180 community groups since the program started in 2002. The application is open to non-profit organizations in North America late in the year and grant recipients are announced in spring of the following year.
The Awesome Foundation is now taking applications for its $1,000 microgrants to further awesomeness in the universe. Check out your city’s chapter and see what initiatives they’re looking for then apply! Every month, one microgrant will be given for an awesome idea. The more inventive the better.
- Website: http://awesomefoundation.org/
Public school teachers post classroom project requests and interested individuals sign on as sponsors.
Amount: Sponsor may give any amount to a project.
- Website: http://www.donorschoose.org
OCIA Research & Education Micro Grants
Deadline: March 15th and November 15th
OCIA International (Organic Crop Improvement Association) offers grants in the range of $300 to $1,500 for organic research, organic education, and other ideas supporting organic agriculture. Projects must benefit multiple producers, processors and/or consumers. There may be limitations on the number of grants given within any one region.
School Grant Opportunities:
The Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
Deadline: October 1, 2018 with awards announced December 1, 2018
Grants for public and or private school teachers grades 3-6 to create and maintain indoor or outdoor herb garden for their classes.
Growing Safer Gardens
This website provides a bunch of different grant opportunities. Note: some of the information is outdated but many of the links are current.
Here is a list of many grants for community gardens, some are regionally specific and some are well worth a look.
Top Grantmaking Foundations State by State, The Grantsmanship Foundation
Western Region Grants:
- Community Development Block Grants:
- Campaign for Human Development Grants: The Office of Peace and Justice of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona.
- Phoenix Suns Charities: Contributions to non-profit organizations which provide services to promote the positive growth and development of the children of Arizona. Application Deadline is March 30, 2018.
- San Jose, Community Development Block Grant’s (CDBG). Many Community Gardens across the county have tapped into local CDBG.
- Southern California, Weingart Foundation. Weingart Foundation is known for supporting nonprofit organizations addressing a wide range of needs in Southern California. Our grantees include small community-based organizations focused on a single neighborhood as well as large institutions serving the entire region.
- California School Based Health Alliance grants.
- California Environmental Protection Agency. Many environmental grants can be used to create community gardens across the country you just need to find the right fit. A great example of an EPA grant that would fit is an Environmental Justice grant
- California small community and faith based organization grants.
- Boise received funding to grow community gardens across the city. The $10,000 grant will help cultivate the development of more community gardens across Boise: specifically in Comba, Fort Boise and Liberty parks.
- Idaho Community Foundation
- Nevada Community Foundation
- Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management, Nevada Grant Office
- Oregon State University Extension Service-Sun Grant http://sungrant.oregonstate.edu/
- Oregon Master Gardener Association-Karl Carlson Memorial Fund and Marje Luce Search for Excellence fund
- CVS Caremark Community Grants– Community Grants Program focus on inclusive programs and programs for children with disabilities under age 21; academic and enrichment programs at public schools; and programs that provide access to quality health care services and health education for at risk and underserved populations of all ages
- Corporate Giving-Grantsmanship Center at the Redmond, WA http://www.tgci.com/funding-sources/WA/corporate
- Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grants-The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988 to provide neighborhood groups with City resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen their own neighborhoods.