Educator Grants

Educators are often seeking grant funding to help support their horticulture and garden programs in schools and youth programs. Below are links to grants for K-12 educators that may meet your needs.  Contact each organization for more information.

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American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture -

  • White-Reinhardt Resource Grants: The purpose of these grants is to provide funds to educators to enable them to purchase accurate agricultural literacy materials from the AFBFA store for use in their classrooms.

  • John Deere That's Who Teacher Resource Grants: Kindergarten through fifth-grade educators working in schools, as well as home-schooling families, may apply for educator packs that include 1 John Deere That's Who Book, 1 John Deere That's Who educator guide and 1 set of 30 Ag Innovations Ag Mags for use in your classrooms.


American Federation of Teachers - Elmer's Teacher's Toolkit Grant

This grant provides teachers with the means to replicate projects found in the Winning Projects Guide found on the Kids In Need website, www.kinf.org, in their own classrooms. These projects make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.  Grants range from $100 to $500.


American Heart Association - Teaching Gardens Network Grants

The American Heart Association works with schools to find local sponsors to help fund the installation of raised bed gardens in school.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation - Classroom Grants Program

Each school year, AIAA awards grants of up to $500 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning.


Annie's - Grants for Gardens

Annie's grants support new and existing school garden programs.


Aquaponics USA - Grants

Grants for your school to set up an aquaponics system.


Association of American Educators - Classroom Grants

Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects and materials, including but not limited to books, software, calculators, supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials.


The Ball Foundation - STEM Education Grants

Ball supports formal educational opportunities for K-12 education, higher education, business-education partnerships, and other local needs. The Ball Foundation focuses its education funding on STEM education with a special focus on K-12 and higher education programs geared towards encouraging and preparing students for careers in engineering.


The Bee Cause Project - Grants

Grants support K-12 schools and nonprofits through the process to install and maintain their own educational hives and pollinator curriculum.


Big Green - Learning Garden Grants

Big Green awards Learning Gardens based on a number of factors, including strength of Garden Team, plans for garden use, student demographics, and location. To ensure that your organization receives the maximum benefit from your Learning Garden, we require that you form a Garden Team that will lead the garden planning, installation, and maintenance processes. This team will be responsible for integrating the garden into the organization’s environment and overseeing the addition of art projects and activities in the garden.


Bonnie's Plants - 3rd Grade Cabbage Grant Program

Bonnie's provides free mega-cabbage plants to 3rd grade teachers who want to participate. Students grow the cabbages and submit pictures and measurements of their harvest to be considered for a $1,000 scholarship.


Captain Planet Foundation - Grants

Educators, both K-12 classroom and informal, who are interested in receiving support for students to design and implement hands-on environmental solutions are eligible for project funding.


Educator1.jpgCorteva Agriscience  - Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Grant

This award is open to any K–12 science teacher who incorporates innovative agricultural science activities into their existing science curriculum. The awardee will receive a $2,500 grant for their classroom/program, $1,000 travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a Corteva scientist, classroom resources from Corteva, and access to a Corteva product plant or research facility.



The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation - Grants

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is 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.

Fund for Teachers - Grants

This program provides provides educators with resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants are used for an unlimited variety of projects; all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities.


Gardener's Supply Company - Green Thumb Challenge

Gardener’s Supply Company and the Green Education Foundation have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide. The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race 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.


Green Education Foundation - Green Thumb Challenge

GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide. The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race 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.


The Herb Society of America - Grants

As a recipient from the estate of Donald Samull, The Herb Society of America established an herb garden grant for elementary school classes grades 3 through 6. These grants ensure that the use of herbs in teaching elementary school students will continue for years to come, a tradition Mr. Samull — an elementary school teacher — used in his classroom to engage and inspire his 3rd–6th grade students.


The Honeybee Conservancy - Sponsor a Hive Grants

The innovative Sponsor-A-Hive program provides bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe such on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States and Canada.


The Jane Goodall Institute - Roots and Shoots Grants

U.S. educators, individuals and group leaders are invited to apply for a $200 mini-grant to start, support, or celebrate a community-action project to positively impact people, other animals, and/or the environment.


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  • Budding Botanist Grants: Open to Title 1 public and private schools in the U.S., the Budding Botanist grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems.
  • Carton 2 Garden Contest: 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 repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria.
  • Grow More Good Grassroots Grants: The grant is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States.  Awards provide funding for the development of new and expansion of existing youth garden programs and greenspaces serving 15 or more youth.
  • Youth Garden Grants: Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or U.S. Territories 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.

Lowe's Foundation - Tool Box for Education Grants

Offering a spring and fall grant cycle, Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants funds a wide range of projects for schools, including support for gardening programs.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Grants

To inspire a new generation of inventors, Lemelson-MIT grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply. Lemelson-MIT Excite Awards are also available for K-12 educators.

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National Agriculture in the Classroom - Grants

Provides $500 grants each year to Pre-K-12 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects and agricultural literacy reading programs.


National Farm to School Network - Mini Grants for Native American Schools

Native American schools can apply for mini-grants to expand and promote farm to school in their communities.


National FFA - Living to Serve Grants

Living to Serve Grants provide an opportunity for FFA chapters and state FFA associations/foundations to seek funding to support various types of service projects through a competitive application process.


National Garden Clubs, Inc. - Youth Pollinator Gardens Grant

In partnership with a local NGC club, schools and other programs can apply for planning and planting Pollinator Gardens. Grants are available for projects that include educational materials on the vital role pollinators play in nature and youth involvement in planning and planting gardens providing nesting and food sources for pollinators.


National Head Start Association - Gro More Good Garden Grants

This program makes garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families.


National Science Teaching Association - Corteva Agriscience Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Grant

This award is open to any K–12 science teacher who incorporates innovative agricultural science activities into their existing science curriculum. The awardee will receive a $2,500 grant for their classroom/program, $1,000 travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a Corteva scientist, classroom resources from Corteva, and access to a Corteva product plant or research facility.


SYF_Educator_Grants.pngNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Farm to School Grants

The Farm to School Grant Program (“F2S”) provides grants on a competitive basis to increase local food procurement for school meal programs and expand educational agriculture and gardening activities. F2S grants can be used for training and technical assistance, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.


National Wildlife Federation - Trees for Wildlife Grants

NWF offers free native trees for restoration projects and community events planned in coordination with local NWF partners.


NEA Foundation - Rapid Response Grants

These grants will be awarded for a six-month grant period beginning in May-June 2020 and for amounts of $1,500 to $5,000. Applicants requesting funding should be prepared to begin their project during the summer of 2020.


Nutrients for Life Foundation - Classroom Grants

Our contests and classroom grants allow you or your students to earn prizes and recognition while reinforcing important concepts related to soil science and sustainable agriculture.


Project Learning Tree - GreenWorks Grants

Since 1992, Project Learning Tree has offered GreenWorks! grants to schools and youth organizations 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.


Seeds of Change - Grants

An annual grant program awarding school and community gardens focused on sustainability and health education.


State Specific Grants

All states in the U.S. have charitable organizations that provide grants to school and youth programs. To search for opportunities in your state, start with organizations such as: state nursery and landscape organizations, state department of education, your state's largest corporations, state and local gardening organizations and clubs, state and local fraternal and civic organizations, and don't forget to reach out to local businesses in your own community.


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education - Youth Educator Grants

Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.


Target - Field Trip Grants

Target stores award field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued at $700.


The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation - Gro 1000 Grants

Know of a community garden or green space project in need of funding? Apply today for a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant supported by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation. Grants will be awarded to over 120 non-profit groups across the country for impactful, community-driven garden projects.


Toshiba America Foundation - Grants

Toshiba America Foundation has grants for K-5 programs, and 6-12 programs.


Toyota - TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers

This program awards funding for innovative science proposals submitted by educators in three areas: environmental science; physical science; and integrating literacy & science.


Teacher2.jpgUSDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture - Grants Promoting K-12 Education

USDA-NIFA grants target teachers from primary grades to high school.  They help educators give students a foundation in math and science relating to agriculture.

  • Ag In the Classroom: Promotes science literacy state-by-state
  • Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA): Contains special funding options for K-12 teachers.
  • National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences: Recognizes talented educators who inspire students in agriculture.

Walmart - Community Grants

Grants are a for K-12 public or nonprofit private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization, and range from $250-$5,000. Proposed projects must benefit the community at large.


Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grants 

Our Garden Grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden at either a: K–12 School, 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K–12 school, or a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Wild Ones - Seeds for Education Fund

Wild Ones offers funding and plants to schools for development of learning spaces featuring native plants and focused on environmental education.