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 school and community gardens and compost projects. 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 school and community gardens to increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact. Application deadlines March 15 and September 15, each year. More info.
  • Vermont Community Foundation – Small and Inspiring grants help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy. Grant awards are $500–$2,500 for projects that connect people to each other through volunteer work or community-building efforts, connect people to the environment around them in new ways, and bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit. Application deadlines Feb. 1, April 5, Aug. 2, Oct. 18, 2017. More info.
  • Vermont Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grant: The VAAFM Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based childcare providers and schools to expand and improve food programs and/or to create or expand farm to school programs by integrating the classroom, cafeteria, and community (the 3 C’s of farm to school). Up to six applications will be awarded at $15,000 each, made possible by legislative appropriation and a financial investment of a dedicated partner. The anticipated grant period will be January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.  Application deadline: November 14, 2017. More info.
  • Vermont Farm to School & Farm to Childcare Equipment Grant:The VAAFM Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based childcare providers and schools to purchase equipment that will improve their food programs and/or farm to school/farm to childcare programs. Up to 23 grants will be awarded at $1,000 each to reimburse schools and childcare providers for these purchases. Equipment purchases must be made by February 28, 2018. Application deadline: November 14, 2017. More info.

Youth Gardening Grant Programs:

  • Green Thumb Challenge Grant – A partnership between Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company, this is a grant opportunity for schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects to win a $500 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Application deadline: September 30, 2017. More info.
  • Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! – Grants available for schools and youth organizations using Project Learning Tree educational resources.  Grants for up to $1,000 for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. Application deadline: September 30, 2017. More info.
  • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education – Eligible applicants include any individual public/charter K-12 school or associated non-profit parent group. Seeking requests that focus on technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Grants awards between $2,000-$5,000 per school. Application deadline: September 29, 2017. More info.
  • KidsGardening.org – The KidsGardening.org website keeps an updated list of grants for youth gardens. More info.
    • Youth Garden Grant – Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. Grant package value ranges $600-$1600. Application deadline: December 8, 2017. 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.
  • The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant – Public and/or private 3rd-6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply to receive $200 for an indoor or an outdoor herb Application deadline October 1, 2017. 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:

  • 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.