Grants

Congratulations to the following schools and organizations that received GreenWorks! grants from Project Learning Tree and the USDA Forest Service to create gardens for pollinators in their schoolyards and communities. These merit-based grants were awarded to students and teachers participating in PollinatorLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure.

State

City

School/Organization

Project Name & Description

AL

Birmingham

Cawaco RC&D Council, Horticultural Therapy Program

PLANT PROJECT™: Pairs special-needs children at Clay-Chalkville School with adults in senior/assisted living facilities to develop a pollinator garden. The garden will also serve as an outdoor classroom for the school.

AR

Pea Ridge

Pea Ridge School District

Rain and Pollinator Garden: Seventh-grade students will create the garden, to be used as an outdoor learning space and also to help a part of the school grounds that experiences drainage problems.

CA

Newbury Park

EARTHS Magnet School

EARTHS Community Garden: Students at this K-5 magnet school will design plant and maintain the garden, which will include a native pollinator labyrinth.

CA

Auburn

Placer Nature Center

Native Bee Sanctuaries: The nature center will involve families and youth, preschool through college, in creating native bee sanctuaries.

CA

Torrance

West High School

Native Plant Garden: AP Biology and AP Environmental Science students will study California native plants and then design, prepare and plant a native plant garden on campus.

GA

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Elementary

The Phoenix Project: Led by the GEN Club, students will replace and refurbish gardens destroyed by the drought of 2010, including a pollinator garden in front of the school

HI

Anahola

Kanuikapono New Century Public Charter School

Busy Bees Native Pollinator Garden: Students K-12 will expand the school’s indigenous plants garden and establish a beehive lab.

ID

Moscow

University of Idaho Women in Science

Stateline Wetlands Pollinator Garden: Students, K-16, will create two pollinator gardens at either end of the eight-acre Stateline Wetland.

KS

Melvern

Marais Des Cygnes Valley High School

Melvern Riverfront Park and Trails Pollinator Garden: Students will develop the garden at a park next to their school. They will collect data about it through Project Bud Burst and PollinatorLIVE in spring and fall.

MI

Owosso

DeVries Nature Conservancy

Pollinator Buffer Garden: Homeschooled and Youth Advisory Council students will plan, create and maintain the garden, using native MI genotypes, next to an heirloom vegetable patch on the grounds of the Conservancy.

MN

Buffalo

Wright Technical Center/Wright Learning Center

WTC/WLC Land Restoration Project: Students will restore a 5.2 acre section of the school grounds with native species to increase biodiversity. It will be an outdoor classroom and center for eight cooperative school districts and the surrounding community.

NJ

Livingston

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Sinai School for Special Needs

Gen Tikvah/Garden of Hope: Students, preK-12, will renew a neglected garden, and also relate it to “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” written by a child during the Holocaust.

NJ

Little Egg Harbor

Little Egg Harbor School District

Egg Garden: Frog Pond School will create a garden with pollinating plants alongside a pond. They will also involve Boy Scouts and seniors.

NM

Tijeras

Talking Talons Youth Leadership

Bees-2-Please: Youth and the Route 66 Community Garden Club will create a community pollinator garden, which will also have interpretive signs for the public.

NV

Reno

Urban Roots Garden Classroom

Pollinate for a Better State: Reno-area schools will develop a native garden at the Urban Roots farm. They will also use the garden to focus on the role of native ecology in the health of the state.

NY

Brooklyn

Compost for Brooklyn

Bug Land Builders: Students at PS 213 Brooklyn Dreams Charter School, a preschool, and other groups will start seeds indoors, then transplant to a pollinator garden on the site of Compost for Brooklyn.

OH

North Lima

Goodness Grows

Bloomin’ Butterfly Garden: Columbiana High School special needs students will design and build a butterfly garden at Goodness Grows, a nonprofit center near Youngstown.

OH

Burton

Berkshire High School

Public Schools and Pollinators!: Students will take the lead in developing a pollinator garden as a solution to excess water run-off. An important component is to invite members of the community so they see the connection between academic learning and community service.

OR

Gresham

Pleasant Valley School

The Birds and The Bees: Students K-6 will research, plan, and plant a pollinator hedgerow and develop signage, which will go along the playground bordering a meadow. This is part of a restoration project in which students have planted 3,000 native trees and shrubs over the past four years.

PA

Ulysses

Northern Potter School District

Cold Climate Pollinator Gardening in the Headwaters of Pennsylvania: K-12 students will develop a plant community that supports pollinators, provides a science-based curriculum of four-season gardening in a cold climate, and becomes a community focal point.

TN

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation, and City Schools

F.U.N. (Families Understanding Nature/Nutrition): As a way to reduce the childhood nature deficit, reduce childhood obesity, and increase physical activity, students will develop outdoor classrooms and habitats at two sites.

TX

Friendswood

Brookside Intermediate School

Pollinators Aplenty: Middle school students will develop a garden that focuses on the need for pollinators and their contribution to food and seed production.

TX

Nacogdoches

Friends of the National Forests and Grasslands of Texas, Latino Legacy, Amigos del Bosque

Ninos del Jardin: Fourth and fifth graders will be involved in a collaborative effort to create two community gardens with plants for pollinators: one at Thomas J Rusk Elementary and one at a demonstration garden nearby.

VA

Manassas

Ashland Elementary PTO

Earth Day Garden: Create an outdoor learning laboratory to support the science curriculum of each grade level, including a pollinator garden, with a butterfly house and a bat house planned.

VA

Bluemont

Village Montessori School at Bluemont

Village of Pollen: Students will develop the garden habitat in a meadow setting, with additional plantings in woodlands and pond-side. They will create signage and lead tours.

VA

Manassas

New Dominion Alternative Education Center and Prince William County Schools Science Office

Exploring Nature’s Beauty Garden: Students will create a pollinator garden, and teachers will use it to conduct authentic, hands-on exploration.

WI

Green Bay

Howard-Suamico School District: Students Achieving in Life Alternative Program

Hope Grows Garden: Students, grades 7-12, will develop a garden with the assistance of community volunteers and district staff. Vegetables grown will be donated to an area food pantry.

WI

Madison

Goodman Community Center

Honey Bees and Butterflies at Goodman: Students will develop a garden, butterfly houses, and beehive near an existing large community garden. Students in the center’s grounds and maintenance program will have primary responsibility.

 

Additional Grants

A number of other organizations provide funding for schoolyard or community gardens. 

Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicat.htm
Do you know of a vacant lot or site that would make a great community garden location - if only you had funds to clean it up? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted the Brownfields Revitalization Grants for the coming year. They plan to award $92 million to assess and clean brownfield sites, vacant lots, and abandoned structures. This is a wonderful opportunity to make the brownfields revitalization program a new food connection for communities! The deadline is October 15, 2010.

National Gardening Association
http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp
The National Gardening Association works with sponsoring companies and organizations to provide in-kind grants to projects that actively engage kids in the garden and improve the quality of life for their communities.   To be eligible for these awards, your school or organization must plan to garden with at least 15 kids between the ages of 3 and 18.  Please note that all grant winners are required to complete a year-end impact report (see individual grants for details).
 
Seeds for Education - Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas  Bumble bee
http://www.for-wild.org/seedmony.html
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. The grant recipient learning centers are those which most successfully reflect the Wild Ones mission to educate and share information about the benefits of using native plants in our landscape and to promote biodiversity and environmentally sound environmentally sound practices. Only through this knowledge, can we appreciate humankind's proper place in the web of life. Applicants must apply by October 15 of the year prior to the grant year.

More opportunities:

California Fertilizer Foundation - http://www.calfertilizer.org/grant.htm
FSEP Farm to School - http://fsepmichiganf2s.blogspot.com/2009/10/upcoming-school-garden-grant.html
Home Depot - http://www.kidsgardening.com/ygg.asp
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant - http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/
Mantis - http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants/mantis-criteria.asp
Syngenta IPM in School Gardens Grant - http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants/syngenta.asp
University of Nebraska Extension - http://extensionhorticulture.unl.edu/Education/Resources.shtml
Western Growers grants for California and Arizona - http://www.wga.com/default.php?id=138