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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Qualifying Educational Programs for Garden and Green Space Projects to Benefit Students and Families

Gro More Good Garden Grants


GrantWatch ID# 193372
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Head Start Association (NHSA)
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/23/22

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind support to USA qualifying educational programs for garden and green space projects to benefit students, their families, and the community. In addition to the cash grants, participants will receive training, resources, kits, and curriculum support. All Head Start programs that are current NHSA members may apply.

The GroMoreGood initiative makes garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families. The initiative also supports the creation of green space projects—land that is partly or completely covered with grass, trees, shrubs, or other vegetation—as an option for children and the community to learn.

There are so many lessons to be learned in the garden: knowledge about nutritious food, an understanding of the natural world, a chance to watch something grow—everything kids can experience by getting their hands dirty. Hands-on experiences in the garden provide young children and the Head Start community with a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Access to healthy food
  • Increased physical activity
  • Improved behavior
  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Positive social integration
  • Greater engagement with learning
  • Creative ways to guide curriculum and learning materials around the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

Grant awards will be awarded in an effort to supplement needs of existing garden projects, to help launch new garden projects, or to supplement/launch outdoor green space projects (i.e., land that is partly or completely covered with grass, trees, shrubs, or other vegetation and an option for children and the community to learn). 

As part of the grant award, Head Start programs will be expected to host a Community Build Day, bringing together Head Start students and families, community partners, and ScottsMiracle-Gro associates (if available) in a day of community service to build and celebrate the garden. Community Build Days should be held during the March through June timeframe and grantees are allowed maximum flexibility given the pandemic evolving into an endemic.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible Applicants: Any Head Start program that is a current NHSA member. Applicants must have the plot of land in their possession at the time of the application with at least a two-year commitment for the garden to be on that property.

Applicants not classified as 501(c)(3) charities generally cannot apply. There are, however, certain organizations that qualify as tax-exempt within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Service code and are eligible to apply without a 501(c)(3) designation. Examples are school districts, universities, and government entities. If you are a school-based Head Start program that has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, please use your district’s EIN number.

If your organization has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, a fiscal sponsor who has achieved it is required. If you are a school-based Head Start program that has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, please use your district’s EIN number.

Ineligible
Once a Head Start program has been awarded a Gro More Good Grant from this Initiative you are no longer eligible to apply again.

Pre-Application Information
The 2023 Garden Grant Applications deadline is December 23, 2022.

If awarded a grant, you will be invited to the National Conference to attend the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony where your program will be recognized. In addition, a welcome webinar will be held in February.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant awards will range between $2,500 and $5,000. The GroMoreGood initiative makes garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs.

Term of Contract
As part of the grant award, Head Start programs will be expected to host a Community Build Day. Community Build Days should be held during the March through June timeframe.

Contact Information
Apply Online: https://nhsa.org/gromoregood-garden-grants/application/

If you have any questions you can say hello: gardens@nhsa.org

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