Green For Your Green
Here are some grants that other folks on the 596 Acres network have found useful. We're doing our best to keep this list up to date, but the best information comes from YOU. If you know of any funding sources that should be here, please contact us and we'll add them. If any of these sources are a dead end, let us know that, too.
Note that many grants require 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor. If your group or organization doesn't have 501(c)(3) status, IOBY.org is a great local option for fiscal sponsorship for a project. You can find out more about getting fiscal sponsorship for your organization here (in a New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Community Guide).
New York Restoration Project: NYRP's Gardens for the City program helps communities transform public spaces. NYRP lends materials, muscle and expertise to communities. See the website for more details. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Through the BIG!Gives Back program and BIG!Blooms, Build It Green!NYC donates used building materials to charities, schools, environmental groups and artists in New York City (applications open now!).
Hart Seed Co. Donations Department is providing free seeds for teachers looking for seed for a classroom project or school garden, community gardens, and prison yards.
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation -- Fruit Tree Orchard Grant Overview
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is a nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, and low-income neighborhoods. For more, please visit www.ftpf.org. Orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to care for the trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose. If selected for an orchard donation, FTPF will provide high-quality fruit trees and shrubs, organic soil amendments, equipment, planting volunteers, and on-site orchard design work, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training—with the goal of improving the surrounding environment and providing a source of healthy nutrition for the community. They also help coordinate all aspects of the planting, and offer an educational experience for volunteers interested in learning more about tree planting. Free community arboricultural workshops are also available the day of the planting. Recipients must be nonprofits, public schools, or government entities that 1) own the planting site or have long-term arrangements to remain at the site, 2) are committed to caring for the trees in perpetuity, 3) have a source of irrigation nearby, 4) and can help coordinate local volunteers to join us on the day of planting.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation's Micro Grants program accepts requests for $500 or less to help support smaller scale projects and organizations throughout Brooklyn. Our Micro Grants serve two purposes: to support grassroots, community efforts like beautification campaigns, Parent-Teacher Associations, youth sports teams, or community gardens and to serve as seed funding for start-up nonprofit groups to help support immediate needs as they build a rapport within the community members and among other funders. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grants: Ten applicants will receive $5,000 in cash and tools for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration, and healthy, sustainable food sources; and one applicant will receive a complete garden makeover. Nonprofit organizations in the US are eligible to apply.
Citizen's Committee for New York City has announced its Neighborhood Grants for this year! Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. More info here.
Citizen's Committee for New York City's Conserve H20 Contest, where your group can submit an innovative water conservation idea and win up to $5,000 to put it into action.
Citizen's Committee for New York City's Community-Scale Composting Grants, where groups can win up to $750 dollars to begin a composting system, or expand upon an existing one.
Citizen's Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant awards $1,000 to groups to clean up streets or a vacant lot, paint a mural, build tree guards, and more.
The Aetna Foundation's Local Roots program supports the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms, and farmers’ markets in underserved, low-income, and minority communities. To be eligible, all projects must include nutrition education or cooking classes focused on the health benefits of fresh produce; the growing or distribution of produce that reflects the food traditions of the target area; opportunities to learn job skills or entrepreneurship within the context of community gardens, urban farms, or farmers’ markets; and/or opportunities for community service or volunteer work.In 2015, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded! To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization with evidence of 501(c)(3) designation. Learn more here.
Department of Environmental Conservation is committed to providing support and assistance to communities in comprehensive planning, management, and education to create healthy urban and community forests, and enhance the quality of life for urban residents through its Cost Share Grant program. At least $750,000 in grants will be available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner. Communities may request from $2,500 to $50,000, depending on municipal population, with a 50/50 match requirement. Eligible project categories include tree inventories; management plans; tree planting; maintenance and invasive pest detection studies. Additionally, $1,000 Quick Start Arbor Day Grants are available with no match requirement to help communities support the beginnings of a tree program by having an Arbor Day celebration. Funds are made available from the Environmental Protection Fund and will be managed and allocated by DEC.
National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grants. Five winners will receive gift cards valued at $1,000, and 95 winners will receive $500 gift cards, to purchase gardening materials and supplies from their local Home Depot store specific to the needs of their program.
Home Depot is offers sweat equity grants up to $5,000 to organizations using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of the Home Depot gift cards usable for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Outdoor Nation Grants: Outdoor Nation and Merrell have teamed up to offer grants to projects that increase participation in outdoor activities and create meaningful connections to the natural world. Applications are being accepted now from individuals and 501(c)3 organizations.
City Garden Club Scholarship Program offers each year a limited number of scholarships for activity-oriented, science-related sumer workshops to New York City public school teachers.Department of Environmental Conservation: DEC offered two types of grants in 2013. DEC's Community Impact Grants award $10,000 to $50,000 to fund projects that address exposure of the communities served by the applicant organizations to multiple environmental harms and risks. DEC also offers Green Gems Grants which award $2,500 to $10,000 for smaller scale projects that involve education, stewardship, or monitoring activities related to parks, open space, community gardens or green infrastructure. The projects must include a research and educational component that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community.
Farm to School Grant Program assists eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. $5 million is awarded annually (by the USDA) in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.
Green in Action Awards grants to inspiring schools, classrooms, or youth groups awards for demonstration of commitment, creativity, or passion for sustainability.
Katie's Krops mission is to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and to donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. The winner will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area for $400, support form Katie's Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest.
Manhattan Borough President's Office (MBPO) Community Grants: Each year the Manhattan Borough President’s Office (MBPO) partners with City agencies to provide programmatic funding to organizations that sustain, foster, and enhance the quality of life for Manhattan’s residents, neighborhoods, and communities.
Partnerships for Parks makes small grants of up to $5,000 to strengthen the outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity of community groups who care for their neighborhood parks (*please note that your garden space must be on PARKS LAND) in all five boroughs of New York City. The Capacity Fund grant is funded in part by the Parks Equity Initiative of the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito.
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has grants for community gardens that benefit low-income families. They give $2,500 to $7,500 to be used to build/expand community garden facilities or programs that result in the donation of produce.
The Riverside Church NY's Sharing Fund grants up to $5,000 to projects outside the church that are consistent with their mission of "education, reflection, and action for peace and justice". Rolling deadline!
Seeds of Change Grant Program offers two $20,000 grants and fifteen $15,000 grants to support sustainable, community-based farming and gardening programs.
Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. Their Grants for Food Gardens are for nonprofit causes or organizations (schools, 501c3s, food banks, community gardens, colleges, libraries, prisons, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that are of general benefit to their community. Past grantees include school gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, library gardens, senior gardens, prison gardens and homeless shelter gardens among others. Grants range from $325 to $500!
Wells Fargo Foundation provides Community Needs Grants to support organizations working to improve communities with low- to moderate-income. In particular, the Foundation strives to improve education, community development, and environmental health, ensure access to health and human services, and to bolster civic engagement.
Wild Ones supports environmental education with small grants to help you build your native plant teaching space.