Garden Grants

There are lots of opportunities out there for funding your garden program. Check out these grantors for possible grants available locally and nationally. 

If you find that any of these are outdated, or if you hear of others that could be useful to list on here, please let us know:




Visit these sites for more grant lists: 

Also, you might try fundraising with a program like FarmRaiser, which you can learn more about here, or by visiting their website:

Farm to School Grant Program

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

Visit our grant opportunities page to review the RFA for complete application instructions, frequently asked questions (FAQ), and additional application support materials. Check out thegrant program page for an overview of past grantees, program summary reports, and more.

Closing Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program

The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; and, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues;

Farm to school example: Jones Valley Urban Farm partners with Birmingham City Schools to improve students’ understanding of core subjects through food and nutrition-based education including science, math, engineering, and English language arts.

Closing Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)

The 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills showed renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs because of the rising average age of U.S. farmers, the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018, and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

Farm to school example: The Minnesota Food Association trains socially disadvantaged and immigrant farmers  in rural Minnesota and Western Wisconsin on operating vegetable farms, direct marketing to CSA and farmers markets and wholesale distribution to hospitals, schools, and other institutions.

Closing Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016