We frequently hear from organizations that they rely upon grants, private funding and donations to support various projects and improvements for their landscapes, gardens & programs. In order to help find financial assistance we have compiled a list of websites that include grant resources and other fundraising opportunities.
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List reviewed & updated November 7, 2017
- America in Bloom / CN ECOCONNEXTIONS From the Ground Up: If CN railway passes through your town, your town may be eligible for a matching grant of up to $25,000 for greening of public spaces.
- American Conifer Society: The ACS Jean Iseli Memorial Grant ($4,000) is awarded annually to a public garden, arboretum or horticultural institution that has demonstrated its support of the development, conservation or propagation of conifers. Applications due by June 2.
- Annies Grants for Gardens: Grants, donations and other educational programs that help build school gardens.
- California Grants: A directory of available grants from the State of California.
- Captain Planet: Grants primarily for U.S. based schools and organizations. Projects must be performed by youth and have an environmental outcome.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The EPA Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program support environmental education projects that promote awareness and stewardship.
- The Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online: A leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide with a searchable database of grant-makers and foundations.
- Fiskars Project Orange Thumb: Grants provide tools and resources to help promote neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources.
- The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation: Grant program where the harvest serves the community. Recipients are schools, parks, community gardens, and similar nonprofits.
- G.E.M.S – Grant and Essential Management Services
- #GivingTuesday: A global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.). Website includes ideas and downloads to help spark your #GivingTuesday funding campaign.
- Grants.gov: Learning center to find and apply for federal grants.
- Google Ad Grants for Nonprofit Organizations: Imagine what you could do with $10,000 USD of in-kind advertising every month from AdWords, an online advertising solution from Google.
- The Herb Society of America: Grants and scholarships for those engaged in horticulture, scientific or social applications of herbs.
- The Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program: Registered nonprofits can receive up to $5,000 to improve their community.
- Horticultural Research Institute: Research grants for green industry related issues.
- Innovative Funding for Placemaking: From the blog of Project for Public Spaces, this is a list of organizations and programs designed to support multi-sector and community-based placemaking efforts.
- Institute of Museum and Library Studies Grants: Several grants are offered through the Institute of Museum and Library Studies.
- KnowHowNonProfit.org: A knowledge bank of ways to help raise money for you organization.
- National Council of Nonprofits: Tools & Resources for Fundraising
- National Endowment for the Arts Placemaking Projects: Available to art and design service organizations, industry or university organizations that assist in placemaking projects.
- National Environmental Education Foundation: Grants and awards for public/private environmental education.
- The National Garden Clubs Wildflower Awards & Grants: Operation Wildflower offers opportunities for clubs and states to receive monetary awards for native plant and wildflower projects.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation: Grant funding for nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
- National Recreation and Park Association: Grants and partners to fund local park programs that promote conservation, health & wellness and social equity.
- National Science Foundation: Index search of various NSF programs offering funding opportunities.
- Nature Works Everywhere K-12 Grants (presented by the Nature Conservancy): A $2,000 grant will be awarded to 55 schools across the United States. Applications must be submitted online by October 31.
- Paypal Donate Now Button: This Paypal Getting Started article will walk you through the options for creating a basic Donation button for collecting charitable donations on your website.
- Perennial Plant Association Landscape Design Awards: Both experienced and novice designers are invited to participate in this PPA program with 11 entry categories from small (Less than $5000) to very large (More than $100,000) and special categories for temporary, educational and youth gardens. Entries are due February 1.
- Razoo: Fundraising website to help crowd-fund donations.
- Seedlings for Schools: This grant program provides native wildflower plants to establish a native plant garden or enhance an existing one. Plants are chosen to fit smaller garden spaces and to thrive year-round.
- Seeds of Change® Grant Program: 24 grants for school or community organization garden projects available. Deadline is in March.
- The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust: The Trust supports education and research in ornamental horticulture. Grants are typically made to botanical gardens, arboreta, and universities.
- Therapeutic Garden Grant Program: The National Garden Bureau selects three therapeutic gardens to be the recipients of a grant that will help build or perpetuate a therapeutic garden. Awards range from $3k – $1K. Deadline is July 1.
- USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grants: To fund new and high-priority program areas, the NIFA national program leaders (NPLs) administer research, education, and extension competitive grants.
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