Thursday, March 11, 2010

School Garden Grant Opportunities

Spring is almost here and so is a new crop of school garden grant opportunities. 

Bayer Advance: Forever Growing Garden Poster Contest
  • Who: K-12 students
  • What: Create a poster that represents how gardens have changed over time, and the positive impact that gardens have on individuals, communities and the planet.
  • Deadline: April 15, 2010
  • Prize: $1,500 grand prize and two $250 honorable mentions
  • Details: Click here for a poster describing the contest and here for additional details, guidelines, etc.
Adopt-a-Plant for Your Classroom Project
  • What: Include a plant in your classroom and have students come up with a creative name for it.  Sign an "adoption" certificate with the plant's name and take a picture of your class with your plant.
  • Deadline: March 19, 2010 <--Put on those thinking caps! This deadline is coming up quickly
  • Prize: $50 to start a classroom garden
  • Details: Additional details, including the "adoption" certificate can be found here
The above grants are made possible through GEF, the Green Education Foundation.  Their website features lots of useful resources, lesson plans, and ideas.  Be sure to check it out!

Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award
  • Who: Groups/organizations making a difference in the community by improving the environment.
  • What: The project's goal is to help communities create an environmental oasis, such as a community or school garden.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2010
  • Prize: Grand Prize: $2,500 of plant materials (such as trees, shrubs, perennials, and vegetables seeds); First Place: $1,500 of plant materials; Second Place: $1,000 of plant materials
  • Details: Check out the Nature Hills Nursery website for additional application information.
Got Dirt? Garden Initiative Evaluation Assistance Grant
  • Who: Teachers and childcare providers who have attended a Got Dirt? training session. 
  • What: Two classes will participate in the grant.  One class will participate in a school gardening project and the other class will act as a "control" group by not participating in any gardening.  Both groups will complete surveys.
  • Deadline: Rolling application process
  • Prize: $400 towards starting a new school garden
  • Details: Additional details available on the Got Dirt? website

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