Children's Gardening Grants

1997 Youth Garden Grants Available

The National Gardening Association has applications available for its 14th annual Youth Garden Grants Program. NGA will award 300 grants to winning applicants nationwide for use during the 1997 growing season. Each grant consists of tools, seeds, plants, and garden products and is worth more than $500. Programs must involve at least 15 children between 3 and 18 years of age. To receive an application or more information, write to: Garden Grants Dept. PS, National Gardening Association, 180 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; telephone: 1-800-538-7476. Be sure to include your name, school or organization, address, and phone number.

Click here to see the NGA's Youth Garden Grants Program Web Page.

Free Seed Grants for Volunteer Projects.

The America the Beautiful Fund has grants available for free seed for volunteers all over America to improve neighborhoods; create new parks and community gardens; start new environmental education programs; or grow food for the hungry, for soup kitchens and food banks, or others. Local groups can apply for a grant of 100 to 1000 free seed packets or up to 500 pounds of bulk vegetable seeds for a project in their communities. The most outstanding projects will be chosen for National Recognition Awards as models of how to nourish and beautify America and create a greener planet. For an application form, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America the Beautiful Fund, Department N, 219 Shoreham Bldg., Washington, DC 20005.

The GROW Award (Gardeners Renewing Our World).

The GROW award is sponsored annually by the Vermont-based Gardener's Supply Company in honor of the late Robert Rodale. To apply for the GROW Award for individuals or groups who are "healing the earth through gardening," write to Gardener's Supply, 128 Intervale Road, Burlington, Vermont 05401, ATTN: GROW Award.

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