Apply for a Grow to Learn Mini-Grant!

Receive up to $2,000 for your school garden!

Please submit your application by November 3, 2014.

When you register your school garden with Grow to Learn you become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb, and can also apply for a Grow to Learn Mini-Grant of between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand your school garden.

Need help applying? Attend a grant-writing and garden design workshop at 51 Chambers Street where we will walk you through the application and garden design process and help answer individual questions. RSVP required with links below. Workshop dates and times are:

Grant Writing and Garden Design Workshops

Thursday, September 30: 4:30-6:30pm at GrowNYC, 49 Chambers St. - Please RSVP 

Wednesday, October 15: 12-2pm at GrowNYC, 49 Chambers St. - Please RSVP

Tuesday, October 21: 10am-12pm at GrowNYC, 49 Chambers St. - Please RSVP

Monday, October 27: 4:30-6:30pm at GrowNYC, 49 Chambers St. - Please RSVP


Please see our First Time Grant Guidelines, Expansion Grant Guidelines, and Grow to Learn FAQ's for more detailed information. 


Who is eligible?

Grant applications are accepted from New York City public and charter schools who have also registered with Grow to Learn.

We recognize that school garden programs come in many sizes, shapes, and locations including classrooms, schoolyards, rooftops, and partnerships with urban farms or community gardens, all of which are eligible to apply for grants.

How are applications evaluated?

We are looking for projects that are well-planned, attainable and have a positive impact on children with relation to nutrition and environmental education.  Applicants should demonstrate a plan that emphasizes youth-centered learning and working in a garden. Applicants should also indicate whether and how funding would be used to construct a new garden, support a start-up garden program, or to expand an established garden program.

How to Apply

Step 1: Register your school garden with Grow to Learn by completing "Part 1" through "Part 7" of the Grow to Learn Registration Form.  If you are ready to apply for a Mini-Grant, proceed to Step 2 below.  If not, submit your Grow to Learn Registration Form and proceed to Step 3 below.  Your registration form will be saved and you can choose to apply for a Mini-Grant when you are ready.

Step 2: Complete "Part 8" of the Grow to Learn Registration Form.  Relax and take a break - you earned it!

Step 3: Attend a GreenThumb workshop to receive FREE materials for your school garden!  See the GreenThumb Program Guide for a current workshop schedule.


Contact us at or (212)788-7916 if you have further questions about Mini-Grants.

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