Gardens are an ongoing and evolving learning resource for your school. However, they also require ongoing investment and fundraising to maintain. Many materials- seeds, seedling, bulk soil, compost, and lumber- you can pick up or request from Grow to Learn for free each season. However, in order to expand your garden operation and make it the kind of vibrant learning space you want for your school, you will probably need to do some ongoing fundraising and grant-writing. This section will be updated regularly with current grant opportunities, fundraising plans and ideas, and information about free or low cost materials.

Funding Your Garden

School Sustainability Project Grants

The DOE Office of Sustainability is proud to offer NYC public schools the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to start or complete a sustainability project at your school! The project should focus on at least one of Sustainability’s pillars to improve recycling efforts, conserve energy, reduce water consumption, enhance sustainability education, and build green […]

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Grow to Learn Mini-Grant – Spring 2017 Request for Proposals

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 […]

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Grant Oppurtunity for High School Seniors – DEADLINE January 15, 2016

The Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability, inaugurated by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Bette Midler Family Trust, and MillionTreesNYC, is an annual $10,000 cash award granted to two New York City public high school seniors. The award was established in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace […]

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City Parks Foundation Academy: Fundraising Workshops

Maybe a school garden isn’t your traditional park, but many of the same fundraising principles apply. Partnerships for Parks and the City Parks Foundation manage borough specific workshops on how to fund-raise for your green space project. How does a park group use an online fundraiser to raise money? How can you obtain free equipment […]

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Captain Planet Foundation

The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation was co-founded by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle in 1991 and now chaired by his daughter Laura Turner Seydel. The Foundation supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities. […]

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