Good to Grow Chairman Donna Hummelman shares her ideas:
Many businesses and organizations are especially in favor of supporting educational projects via grants. The grants might be local or they might involve applying to a national organization. Some grants are small while other could mean thousands of dollars, depending on the scope of your project. And often, charity begins right at home: don’t forget to ask your local garden centers if they would be happy to donate soil, mulch, seeds, etc. To paraphrase a popular phrase, …you can’t win if you don’t apply!
Keep in mind grant applications can take a little time to complete. All grants have deadlines and most have specific project guidelines to qualify for their awards. Make sure that your ideas meet the project criteria.
1. Sometimes PTO/PTA’s have funds available that can be used towards the school garden
2. Local Sponsorship from gardening/plant stores in your area can also be a good place tostart.
3. Local branches of some of the big “Box Stores” have a budget for community projects so it’s always worth checking. i.e. Lowes, Home Depot, and even Best Buy and Target.
4. I’ve also read of Fuel Pizza sponsoring a school garden.
5. Local Authorities, (such as environmental and recycle), County Extension Offices, Master Gardener’s, and local garden clubs sometimes have resources available for gardening projects involving children. Also try the Health Department in your County or town.
The internet has a large collection of sources. Here is just a small sample of what I
found in just a few minutes by searching on Google.
Kidsgardening.org - a GREAT place to start!