Current funding opportunities

National:

Seed Money (Formerly Kitchen Gardeners International)

Deadline: November 12th, 2016

SeedMoney is a great way to catapult your garden’s sustainable fundraising plan. They are offering 125 $400 grants this year. 75 of these will “Challenge Grants” 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. The other 50 will be “Merit Grants” that 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.

IOBY

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 now in your backyard. ioby.org, an environmental nonprofit, has just announced its national expansion after a successful NYC pilot fully funded nearly 2000 community-led parks, garden, biking, hiking, composting and chicken projects across the city. ioby (its name derived from the opposite of NIMBY) intends to connect 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.

2017 Youth Garden Grant Award

NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:

  • Integration of content standards,
  • Nutrition connections,
  • Environmental awareness,
  • Entrepreneurship, and
  • Social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning.
  • Website: http://grants.kidsgardening.org/garden-grants

SARE Farmer Grants

Deadline: November 29, 2016

2017 Project Orange Thumb Online Grant

Deadline: TBD

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.

Awesome Foundation

Deadline: OPEN

The Awesome Foundation is now taking applications for its $1,000 microgrants to further awesomessness 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.

Donors Choose

Deadline: OPEN

Public school teachers post classroom project requests and interested individuals sign on as sponsors.

Amount: Sponsor may give any amount to a project.

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 Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

Deadline: coming soon for 2017

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.

Other Resources:

Here is a list of many grants for community gardens, some are regionally specific and some are not well worth a look.

Top Grantmaking Foundations State by State, The Grantsmanship Foundation

Western Region Grants:

Arizona

California

Idaho

Nevada

Oregon

Washington

British Columbia-Canada