Funding for Gardening Projects

Those interested in gardening can earn funding for projects that help benefit their community. Grants are available that provide money to start school and community gardens, or seeds and various plants to enhance those gardens. Funding gives gardeners a chance to improve their communities and help others develop an interest in gardening.

Youth Garden Grants

The National Gardening Association and Home Depot offer Youth Garden Grants. Grants are available to help community organisations and schools develop or continue to fund a youth garden program. At least 15 children from ages 3 to 18 must be involved with the program and the program must include instruction on environmental awareness, nutritional connections or the social aspects of gardening. Five £650 grants are given in the form of a £325 Home Depot gift card and a £325 Gardening with Kids catalogue gift card. An additional 95 recipients can receive a £325 Home Depot gift card.

National Gardening Association

1100 Dorset Street

South Burlington, VT 05403


Seeds for Education

The Lottie Otto Seeds for Education fund provides grants from £65 to £325 to help purchase native seeds and plants. Schools and other non-profit organisations are eligible to apply. Funded projects must focus on educating students and the public about native plants and creating a native plant garden.

Wild Ones

P.O. Box 1274

Appleton, WI 54912


The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Those interested in creating a community orchard can apply for a grant from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF). Orchards must be located in areas where they will benefit an entire community, such as low-income neighbourhoods, city parks, schools and Native American reservations. As part of the grant, the program provides site-design help, fruit trees and shrubs, soil, required equipment and volunteers to help complete the project. Training and educational programs are also available for volunteers and other interested members of the community.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

P.O. Box 632

Mill Valley, CA 94942


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Stacy Zeiger began writing in 2000 for "Suburban News Publication" in Ohio and has expanded to teaching writing as an eighth grade English teacher. Zeiger completed creative writing course work at Miami University and holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary education from Ohio State.