Funding

Vermont Farm to School Grants

Since 2007 the Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Grant Program has been awarding Vermont schools with funds to integrate local foods in school cafeterias, classrooms and communities. The goals of the grant program are to encourage schools and school districts to serve food to Vermont students that is as fresh and nutritious as possible; maximize the use of fresh, locally grown, produced and processed foods; educate students about healthy eating habits through nutrition education, including using hands-on techniques to make the connections between farming and the foods that students consume; increase the size and stability of farmers’ direct sales market; and increase school meal participation by increasing the selection of foods available to students.

This grant program is made possible by collaboration between the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and VT FEED (Food Education Every Day).                                                        

Vermont Community Foundation's Small & Inspiring Grants

The Vermont Community Foundation knows the critical role that strong personal connections can play in keeping communities thriving and healthy. The Small & Inspiring Grants provide up to $2,500 for projects that: connect people to each other through volunteer work or community-building efforts; connect people to the environment around them in new ways; bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit.

Annie's Grants for Gardens 

Gardens are places for kids to connect to real food, explore new flavors and talk about where our food comes from. Annie's offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help put children in direct contact with growing real food. Schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants up to $1500. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.

Alternative: Set up a fundraiser using Annie's Garden Funder™ on CrowdRise.

The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull, has established herb garden grants for teachers in grades 3 through 6. Mr. Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his students. These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with students will continue for years to come.

Public or private 3rd - 6th grade teachers, classes minimum of 15 students, may apply for an indoor or an outdoor herb garden grant.

USDA Farm to School Grants

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a nationwide competitive funding program to help K-12 schools jumpstart and sustain school wellness activities and initiatives. The program provides seed money - up to $4,000 per school - to help Fuel up to Play 60 educators make their schools a healthier place.

Kitchen Garden International Sow It Forward Grants

Sow it Forward is a grants and partnership program offering $600 grants of cash, seeds, supplies, books and online garden planning software to groups wishing to start a new food garden project or sustain an existing one. Applicants will include schools, food pantries, community gardens, retirement homes and other nonprofit groups interested in healthy foods, sustainability and resilient communities. 

Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation funds small projects ($500-$2500) that give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants & Fundraising Programs

The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to growing healthier kids through better nutrition, one bite at a time. They offered 500 schools a school garden grant in 2014. They're also passionate about helping schools sustain their school gardens beyond the grants they make, and offer a handful of unique ways to raise funds to support your school programs.

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

NEGEF grants are designed for groups that: are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT; are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents); have an annual operating budget under $100,000;

Please note that NEGEF does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. They focus is on community-based, local initiatives. NEGEF funds can not be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs or large capital acquisitions.

Chef Ann Foundation Grants

The mission of the Chef Ann Foundation is to provide tools that help schools serve children healthy and delicious scratch-cooked meals made with fresh, whole food. Through our grants, we are able to award equipment funding to schools that are committed to making real, positive changes to their food programs.

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