Spring 2017 Mini-Grant Request for Proposals is OPEN for submissions (apply below). This Request for Proposals will CLOSE on March 13, 2017.
Grow to Learn mini-grants are generously supported by Green Mountain Energy and the NYC Department of Education’s Sustainability Office. Your school can apply for a grant between $500 and $2,000 to pay for the construction or expansion of a school garden.
Eligible applicants are New York City public and charter schools who are registered with Grow to Learn. Grow to Learn has two funding cycles each year: Fall and Spring. The Fall Request for Proposals is typically open for applications from September to November, and the Spring Request for Proposals is open from January to March.
School garden programs come in many sizes, shapes, and locations including classrooms, schoolyards, rooftops, and partnerships with urban farms or community gardens. Any educational growing space is eligible for funding.
- Registered Grow to Learn schools. Registration information must be updated within the last 12 months. Not yet registered with Grow to Learn or unsure about your school’s status? Visit our online registration page.
- NYC Public and Charter schools.
- Universal Pre-K Sites with a valid DOE numeric code. We do not fund NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).
- New grantees.
- Expansion grantees (schools funded in Fall 16 are not eligible this round).
How are applications evaluated?
We are looking for garden projects that are well-planned and attainable, have strong school support, and are student centered. To learn more about how to write a winning mini-grant, we encourage school gardeners to attend one of our ‘Grant Writing and Garden Planning’ workshops. Head to the Grow to Learn Events Calendar to register for one of our training sessions.
How to Apply
Step 1: Register your school garden or update your school garden’s existing registration. Click here to Register Now >. If you have questions about the Grow to Learn school garden registration, check out our Step by Step Registration Guide > .
Step 2: Attend a ‘Grant Writing and Garden Planning’ workshop to meet our team, ask questions about your school’s application, and learn how to craft a winning application.
Step 3: Download a copy of the application and prepare your long-form responses (click the green arrow on the top left hand side). Once you’re ready, fill out the Mini-Grant Application- below.