Funding Opportunities for Farm-Based Ed

June 6, 2017


Many funding resources exist for farm-based ed programs. This is a running list. Help us build this resource through adding your suggestions in the comments. 


Youth Outside Grantmaking 

At Youth Outside, we believe a meaningful experience in nature can change the course of a life. We lead the field by counseling, coaching, and funding outdoor educators and thought-leaders to ensure that as many youth as possible can partake in the life-changing experience of the outdoors. Youth Outside remains committed to cultural relevancy in the outdoor field and to improving outcomes in health as well as increasing environmental stewardship of the youth served by outdoor programs. Our grantmaking program can be a wonderful opportunity to support your organization's capacity for sustainable programming while enhancing leadership opportunities for the underrepresented youth in your programs. Please note that our 2017 grantmaking is closed at this time. 





White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants from the American Farm Bureau Foundation

The White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Program funds projects that will increase agricultural literacy. New this year, county and state Farm Bureaus may apply for $1,000 grants for education programs for grades K-12 in order to initiate new ag literacy programs or expand existing programs. Grants are available on a competitive basis.


USDA Community Development Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities. USDA is making grants available under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to strengthen the rural economy. For more information on how to apply, see page 24281 of the May 26 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 25, 2017.


Farm to School Mini Grants for Native American Schools

The National Farm to School Network is pleased to announce a new mini-grant project: Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School. The Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School project aims to expand farm to school activities (procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and food and agriculture education) in Native communities as a strategy to leverage community-wide initiatives towards building food security and food sovereignty and towards revitalizing use of traditional foods. The project will provide five Native schools a mini-grant in the amount of $5,900 to expand and promote farm to school. 


Smart from the Start Awards
The Smart from the Start Awards are designed to encourage preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool. The grant prize is $20,000 grant and prize pack of books. 10 runners-up will receive $2,500 grants. Apply by March 2. 


Native American Food Security Project

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched the new “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future” grant program, which falls under First Nations’ larger Native American Food Security Project. The project will provide grants to Native communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14. With the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each to continue or expand existing nutrition efforts. Proposals will be due Friday, May 5, 2017.  


Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund provides direct assistance to veterans in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to a third party vendor for any items that make a critical difference in the launch of a young farm business.


School Grants for Healthy Kids 
Action for Healthy Kids is accepting applications for school grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Schools may apply for School Breakfast grants (up to $3,000) to pilot or expand their School Breakfast programs or Game On grants (up to $1,000) to fund physical activity/nutrition initiatives. Deadline to apply is April 7. Visit for more information and register for informational webinars: School Breakfast (February 22) and Game On (February 21).


Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition’s 2017 YES! Research Grant Competition

The 2017 Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) YES! (Young Earth Solutions) Research Grant Competition seeks groundbreaking research ideas that have a high impact potential for the sustainability of food systems. Emerging experts are encouraged to submit studies that are innovative, have a promise of significant impact, and can meet global research needs. Project submissions can be related to new or ongoing research.Completed proposals must be submitted online through the BCFN website by June 28, 2017, 11:59 pm CET. Winners receive a 20,000 € (US$21,367) research grant applied to a one-year investigation.


Innovation Education Awards
he third annual UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) recognition program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States and Canada. Awards will go to participants who best use innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricula to help students of grades K–12 solve real-world environmental problems.A panel of environmental, science, research, and technical experts will determine one grand prize winner to receive $100,000; two second-tier winners to receive $50,000 each; and two third-tier winners to receive $25,000 each. The submission window closes on February 28, 2017.


The Fund for Teachers 

This program provides provides educators, possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn, the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants are used for an unlimited variety of projects; all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities.


Applications for summer funding are due January 31, 2017.


Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Mini Grants

Roots & Shoots want to support the work that you and your "young Jane Goodalls" are doing
in your community. U.S. educators are invited to apply for a mini-grant to start, support, or celebrate their service campaigns. In 2016, FBEN member Barbara Sarbin was awarded a Roots & Shoots Mini Grant for the Children's Peaceful Garden. View the video here


Applications are due January 20, 2017 and March 31, 2017.  (Photo: Earth School to Farm, Ossining, NY)


Annie's Homegrown Grants for Gardens


Grants are available to school gardens that are edible (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and are located in the US.


Applications are typically due in the fall. Check website for more information. 


Whole Kids Foundation


Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping kids eat better—and enjoy it! Founded by Whole Foods Market, this nonprofit organization is guided by the same values, principles, expertise and standards for quality ingredients, food production methods and nutrition. A number of grants are available. Learn more on their website

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