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Grants and the Garden Guide


In this section, we provide a list of various grants available to school gardens. While it’s certainly not an exhaustive list, we hope it will give you good insight into the possible funding opportunities. Additionally, we offer templates/sample grant applications to inspire you.


Slow Food USA did a national search for grant opportunities related to school gardens and cooking classes. We have compiled a list of current grants and links to get more information. At the end of the section, we have included some templates from successful grant applications to serve as models for your own grant application.


From design, implementation and curriculum to fundraising, volunteers and school policy, this comprehensive “how-to” guide offers a clear roadmap for developing a successful school garden program in any community, based on Slow Food values of:

Good, Clean, and Fair

“Good” food that is delicious and healthy for the body; “clean” food that is sustainably grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers; and “fair” food that provides reasonable compensation and safe working conditions for those who grow and prepare the food.

Access, Taste, and Joy

Grow fresh food where processed and/or fast foods are prevalent, with an emphasis on seasonality (for best flavor) and community in growing, preparing and sharing the food.

Biodiversity, Culture, and Traditions

Demonstrating respect for local food cultures, protecting these traditions and creating awareness of growing foods that are at-risk of extinction.


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More about our Garden Program

  • Garden to Cafeteria Movemnet
  • Youth Farm Stands
  • The School Garden Curriculum

Grant Opportunities