• Funding Your Garden
    There are lots of creative ways to raise money for your garden. Find a list of grants and other funding opportunities.

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    Creating a budget to identify your needs and expected costs is a crucial planning step.  Once you have a budget, you can assess what is available from your school’s budget and what funds need to be raised from outside resources.

    University of Maryland Extension has created a worksheet to help you estimate the costs of your school garden, including items for both indoor and outdoor gardens. The budget worksheet. Alternatively, Monterey County, CA has created a detailed guide on estimating quantities of garden materials and supplies.

    The following links include grants, budget worksheets, and other tools for funding school gardens:
    • Baltimore Community Foundation offers several different grant programs for education, schools, and greening projects. Contact the Foundation to discuss which of their programs your project is most suited to. 
    • Kids Gardening provides a list of current grant opportunities for installing or enhancing educational gardens.
    • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants are for up to $5,000 in materials from Lowe's for any public K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with it.  Gardening supplies are an eligible use.
    • Parks and People Foundation offers small grants through the Neighborhood Greening Grant program. Training on the application process is provided.