School Garden Grants & Resources

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Educator Grants

Deadline: Check website.

Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students. Amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly.

Additional information available from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30

Project Learning Tree (PLT) awarded 26 GreenWorks! grants to schools and youth organizations in 19 states to help students complete environmental service-learning projects. These student-driven projects enable students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. PLT’s GreenWorks! program is open to any PLT-trained educator in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 1992, PLT has distributed nearly $1 million to support more than 1,000 PLT GreenWorks! projects across the country.

Applicants must be registered on the <a href="">PLT GreenWorks site</a>. (Registration is free.).

<a href="">Apply for a grant</a>.

NGA Youth Garden Grant

Deadline: Early December 

Since 1982, National Gardening Association has provided the Youth Garden Grant to over 5,000 schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States. Youth Garden Grant has contributed over 2.8 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives and serves as National Gardening Association's longest standing grant program.

Captain Planet Foundation

Deadlines: September 30, January 30

The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) annually funds projects involving children and young adults. Recipients of these awards are often schools and non-profits that propose projects promoting understanding of environmental issues. These projects must include children and young adults (aged 6-18) and focus on hands-on involvement, interaction and cooperation within the group, development of planning and problem solving skills, and adult supervision.

Generally, the monetary sum of awarded grants is between $250-2,500.

Communities Take Root

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.

FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.

Download FTPF's application here:

Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

Deadline: October 1

The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull, has established two herb garden grants for teachers in grades 3 through 6. Mr. Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his 3rd-6th grade students. These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with students will continue for years to come.

Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply for an indoor or an outdoor herb garden grant.


The Herb Society of America will award indoor window sill herb gardens to four (4) schools each year. The classrooms selected will receive three (3) windowsill herb  garden kits including pots, soil, seeds and educational materials to use in the classroom. The Herb Society of America will provide the educational materials.


The Herb Society of America will select five (5) schools/classrooms to receive $200 "Seed Money" to establish an outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources. The Herb Society of America will provide the educational materials and herb seeds.


Samull Grant Application online form



Fruit Tree 101

Available year round

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Stretch Island Fruit Co. are giving fruit trees to K-12 schools. FTPF ideally seeks schools that can accommodate at least 20-25 trees on school grounds (at 15 ft. intervals) near existing irrigation sources (e.g. spigot or sprinklers). Trees, materials, orchard installation design work, and onsite environmental curriculum are donated.

Applications must be completed by a school official.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

Rolling application cycle

Grants for community improvement projects and public education. The Foundation provides funding only to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies (no private schools) in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation requires that all applicants take an eligibility test. Organizations that pass will be considered, but not guaranteed a grant.

Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program

Deadline: October 15

This grant gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning in the United States with a site available for a stewardship project. Successful non-school applicants often are a partnership between a youth group (scouts, 4-H, etc.) and a site owner. Libraries, government agencies and houses of worship are eligible subject to youth participation.

Awards range from $100 to $500.

Visit the Seeds for Education website.

Fiskar's Project Orange Thumb

Application deadline: Late December 

Grants for garden installation and garden makeovers. Ten grant recipients will receive $5,000 in cash and tools to help support their goals of neighborhood beautification and horticulture education.

Visit the Project Orange Thumb website.

Box Tops for Education

Rolling application cycle

You can earn cash for your child’s school by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products. Box Tops also offers easy ways to earn even more cash for your school online.

American Honda Foundation

Application deadlines: February 1 and May 1

This grant supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Open to 501(c) (3) public charities, a public school district, or private/public elementary and secondary schools.

The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.

Visit the American Honda Foundation website for more information.

Schoolyard Habitats

The National Wildlife Federation has a terrific schoolyard habitats program with extensive educator resources and links to several grant opportunities. There is a whole section on how to acquire resources to create a schoolyard habitat project.

Annie’s Growing Goodness Contest

Deadline: Early December

Win a school garden complete with tools, supplies, seeds, and hands-on training.

Application available online at the Grants for Gardens website.

Annie's Grants for Gardens

Deadline: Early December

Since 2008, Annie's has funded 270 gardens. They feel gardens help connect kids to real food. They have grants and a range of resources available

Visit the Our Mission section of the Annie's website.

Visit the Garden Resources section of the Annie's website.

Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program

Deadline:  Early September , but the sooner the better.

Free cabbage plants for 3rd graders to plant. 

Visit the Bonnie Cabbage Program website.

NFWF Grant Programs

Deadlines vary

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has numerous grant programs. The Foundation awards challenge grants to projects benefiting conservation education, habitat protection and restoration, and natural resource management.

Donors Choose


This grant program allows educators to create project requests. These requests are funded by individuals based on interest and merit. Grant recipients are required to create a presentation on how the funds were spent. To request funds for a project you must work at least 75 percent of the time with students. A "thank you" package template is provided on the website to thank each contributing donor.

Visit the Donors Choose website.

Varies was created as part of the E-Grants Initiative in 2002. The website provides access to over 1,000 federal grant programs with around $500 billion in annual awards. Independent school districts are eligible to apply for these grants as well as public and private colleges and universities. Signing up on the site will enable you to receive notification of future eligible grants.

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