Organic Store Chain Teams Up for School Grants

Funders: Whole Kids Foundation, a giving effort of Whole Foods Market and FoodCorps; Opportunity: School Garden Grants Program; Funding Focus: Nutrition, obesity, K-12 education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: K-12 schools, school districts or 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Multiple grants of $2,000 each; Deadline: Oct. 31.

Summary: These grants help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening. Last year, the foundation distributed about 1,000 garden grants. Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders as well as the ability to financially sustain the garden.

Other funding

These are different from the Salad Bar Awards. The program seeks to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country, giving students a choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school ( The competition runs on a different funding cycle and accepts applications on a rolling basis.

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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