There are many perks to implementing a school gardening or greenhouse program, including giving children the opportunity to design, plant and maintain a garden. In addition, children learn about the science behind greenhouse development, nutrition and the benefits of sharing food. To obtain financial assistance with creating a greenhouse project at school, there are several grant sources that strive to support educational gardening programs.
Welch's Harvest Grants
Welch's, in partnership with Scholastic, provide grant funding to schools and non-profit organisations that plan to create a hands-on gardening program for youth. Funding is awarded to organisations that promote healthy eating, inquiry-based learning, self confidence, team work and leadership among children. Typically, 100 grants are awarded nationwide, and garden packages with values ranging from £162 to £650 are awarded. Garden packages are comprised of a variety of necessary tools, seeds and educational material. The grant contest begins in October of each year, and an online application can be found on the Scholastic website.
National Gardening Association Attn: Welch's Harvest Grants 1100 Dorset Street South Burlington, VT 05403 1-800-340-6870 http://www.scholastic.com/harvest/pdfs/learnmore.pdf
Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Planet Foundation strives to support educational and environmental programs nationwide, and in 2009, the foundation provided grants to 76 hands-on projects in 24 states. Projects ranging from youth river adoptions to school gardens were funded, and a greenhouse project has the potential to be funded. All projects must promote leadership among children, an understanding about environmental issues, problem-solving skills and group cooperation. Grant funds range anywhere from £162 to £1,625, depending on the project. Proposal submission deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31. Applications can be found on the foundation's website.
Captain Planet Foundation 133 Luckie Street, 2nd Floor Atlanta, GA 30303 404-522-4270 http://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/default.aspx?pid=3&tab=apply
Subaru Healthy Sprouts Awards
The National Gardening Association (NGA) and Subaru support school or non-profit gardening, or greenhouse programs, that introduce youth to environmental problems, hunger issues and nutrition nationwide. Subaru and the NGA will award 30 schools and organisations with grant funding in 2010, and awards consist of £325 gift certificates to the NGA's Gardening with Kids catalogue to purchase gardening supplies. Applications can be found on the NGA website, and proposals must be submitted no later than October 1.
National Gardening Association 1100 Dorset Street South Burlington, VT 05403 800-538-7476 http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants/healthysprouts.asp