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.
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 (http://tinyurl.com/k6gtuup). The competition runs on a different funding cycle and accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Info: http://tinyurl.com/lpjanl5 (website).