Is finding school garden funding a New Year’s resolution?
Growing a school garden and looking for grant support? Perhaps finding funding is your New Year’s resolution. After all- when you live in Florida, school gardens are in-season in January. Fortunately for you there are grants linked below. Some grant windows are open now and others you can calendar to checkout in February and March. Check them out!
The first is a teacher grant from Florida Ag in the Classroom (FAITC). It expires January 5, 2022, so be sure to apply soon. Beyond grant opportunities they offer really neat curriculum guides, garden-related lessons and they have the state standards linked for easy reference. Take time to explore their site, register for an upcoming virtual farm field trip about bees, or sign up for the live webinars that are part of their school garden leadership training series.
As one door closes,you hope another opens. And so it does with a grant that opens in January listed on the popular kidsgardening.org website. Then return to the FAITC website again for their volunteer garden grant which opens in February. Another grant opening anticipated in February is noted in the program updates on the Whole Kids Foundation website.
While the school gardens partnered in our programming typically focus on edible gardening -we do receive inquiries about native plants and wildflowers. Good news! The Florida Wildflower Foundation has their Seedlings for Schools application opening in March. For now- if you are seeking to install a wildflower demonstration garden in a park or other public area – checkout their open Viva Florida Landscape Demonstration Garden grant.
If you are in Sarasota County and have a local school garden to grow food, are trying to create one, or you would like help identifying one in your neighborhood to support, please reach out to us at Extension by contacting email@example.com