California and Arizona schools, grades K-12, can now apply for a grant up to $1,500 to support a new or existing school garden. In order to be eligible for the Western Growers Foundation School Garden Grant, the school or entity must be classified as one of the following:
- Public School
- Private Charter School
- Private school with 501(c)3 non-profit status
- Private charter school with 501(c)3 non-profit status
- 501(c)3 or charity non-profit organization supporting a garden at a public or non-profit private school
- School districts supporting a garden at a public or non-profit private school
Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST. CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A SCHOOL GARDEN GRANT.
Since its inception in 1995, Western Growers Foundation has funded more than 1,000 school gardens in California and Arizona. Today, the Foundation’s School Garden program has evolved to support science, technology, engineering and math curriculum to nurture the natural curiosity of children in areas related to farming and agriculture.
Through sponsored gardens, selected curriculum and hands-on learning in the gardens, students will learn about the science of how seeds become salads, the technology available to enhance plant growth, the engineering behind farm equipment, and the math to calculate how much water is needed for optimal yield.
Applicants will be notified of selection on October 13, 2017. If Western Growers members know of any K-12 schools that would be good candidates, please encourage them to apply.
For questions, contact Ryan Zilker at (949) 885-2249.