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National Gardening Association School Garden Grants

NGA is delighted to announce that The Home Depot Garden Club has returned as our Youth Garden Grants sponsor for 2010. For more than 25 years, NGA’s Youth Garden Grants program has helped more than 1.3 million youngsters reap rewards and vital life lessons from working in gardens and habitats, and thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot Garden Club, we can reach many more eager young learners.

Program Criteria
NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:

  • educational focus and/or curricular ties (if applicant is a formal education program)
  • nutrition or plant-to-food connections
  • environmental awareness/education
  • entrepreneurship
  • social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning.
  • Who should apply: Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden in 2010 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply may do so, but must wait one year (e.g., if you won in 2009, you can apply again in 2011) and have significantly expanded their garden programs.

    Grant Packages
    For the 2010 grant cycle, 100 grants are available. Packages are as follows:
    Five (5) programs will receive gift cards valued at $1000 (a $500 gift card to The Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog and store) and educational materials from NGA
    Ninety Five(95) programs will receive a $500 gift card * to The Home Depot and educational materials from NGA

    Application deadline (postmark date): November 2, 2009.
    For more information or to “download an application”.