Garden Grants

The Vermont Community Garden Network has funded more than 260 garden projects over the past 12 years. See the list of past grants here.

Check out and see if you’re eligible to apply for one of VCGN’s grant programs: Gardens for Learning & Green Thumbs at Work.

Vermont and New England-based Grant Programs
Youth Gardening Grant Programs
General Grant Programs That Support Garden Projects

Vermont and New England-based Grant Programs:

  • Seed Grants – The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) offers grants of $250-$1,000 for new and evolving gardens. Eligible groups are doing community-based work in New England, are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents), and have an annual operating budget under $100,000. Applications accepted year-round. More info.
  • Grow Grants – The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) offers grants of $1,000-$3,500 for established gardens to increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact. Eligible groups are doing community-based work in New England, are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents), and have an annual operating budget under $100,000. Application deadlines March 15 and September 15, each year. More info.
  • Vermont Community Foundation grants help sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities. A variety of grant opportunities are available–statewide and more regionally specific. Application deadlines vary. More info.
  • CSWD Waste Reduction Project Grants – Grants of up to $3,000 for projects that reduce or eliminate solid waste at its source, or increase diversion and compostables from the landfill. Can be used by Chittenden County-based community groups or schools to implement community food scrap composting projects. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are disbursed or until June 1, 2018. More info. Not from Chittenden County? Ask your Solid Waste District about funding opportunities for composting projects and let us know about it!

Youth Gardening Grant Programs:

  • KidsGardening.org – The KidsGardening.org website keeps an updated list of grants for youth gardens. More info.
    • Carton 2 Garden Contest is open to public and private schools. Contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for re-purposed milk and juice cartons. Application deadline: April 16, 2018. More info.
  • Whole Kids Foundation – Grants & awards for schools and other youth programs to enhance their farm to table programs, including funding for salad bars, gardens and bees!  More info.
  • American Honda Foundation – Funding for youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. Eligible organizations include nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity, a public school district, and private/public elementary and secondary schools. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Application deadlines: February 1, May 1 (returning organizations only), August 1. More info.
  • Seeds for Education Grant Program – Wild Ones offers funding for developing and enhancing schoolyards using native plants. Cash grants of $500 can only be used for plants and seeds, but grantees will be connected with a Nursery Partner to help with advice as well as to provide seeds and plants at a discount. Application deadline: October 15 each year. More info.
  • Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants – Cash grants for $500 – $2,500 for youth-led environmental projects. Application period: July 16 – January 15 for mid-March notification; January 16 – July 15 for late-September notification. More info.
  • DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding platform for public school teachers from across the U.S. to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students. More info.

General Grant Programs That Support Garden Projects:

  • Fiskars Project Orange Thumb  – Up to $3,500 funding for projects within US and Canadian communities who are working on collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources. Application deadline: February 9, 2018. More info.
  • ScottsMiracle-Grow GRO1000 Grant — Grassroots Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. Application deadline: February 20, 2018. More info.
  • EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program (Region 1) – The EPA will award 3-4 grants in Region 1 at $50,000-$100,000 each, to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. Proposals due: March 15, 2018. More info.
  • Community Impact Grants – The Home Depot Foundation offers grants of up to $5,000, available to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. This year’s focus is on veteran support. Among projects considered are community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. More info.
  • Seed Money is a fundraising portal for public food garden projects. They use a “crowdgranting” platform, combining crowdfunding with challenge grants. Participating projects use the possibility of securing a challenge grant of $400 to motivate local donors in their area to contribute to their project. Applications due November 12, each year.  More info.
  • ioby is a crowd resourcing platform for funding neighborhood projects.  The group combines “crowdfunding” (the pooling of small online donations for a cause or project) with “resource organizing” (a core tenet of community organizing) to organize all kinds of capital—cash, social networks, in-kind donations, volunteer time, advocacy—from within the neighborhood to make the neighborhood a better place to live. More info.
  • The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) donates 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. Applications accepted on a rolling basis and remain on file until there is an opportunity to award an orchard. More info.
  • Community Food Projects – A  competitive grants program that is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Grants are intended to help eligible nonprofits, tribal organizations, and food program service providers in need of a one-time infusion of federal assistance for projects that promote self-sufficiency and food security, address specific needs, and provide comprehensive, community-based solutions in low-income communities.  These one-time grants require a dollar-for-dollar (1:1) match in resources, which can include in-kind support.  NIFA releases a Request for Applications once a year.  More info.
  • Awesome Foundation – Every month, one $1,000 micro-grant will be given to an individual or group to fund an awesome idea.  The more inventive, the better.  More info.