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School Garden Grants

Thank you for your interest in applying for one of Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s School Garden Grants!

The School Garden Grants are meant to supplement FAITC’s Gardening for Grades, Gardening for Nutrition and STEMming Up Gardening, three books that take Florida teachers through the process of developing a school garden, and includes lessons to help teachers use the garden to teach health, science, language arts, math, technology, engineering and other subjects.

**We are currently not taking $600 School Garden Grant application, but we still have $400 School Garden Grants available.

We are currently accepting School Garden Grant Applications, we have 40 $600 grants and 15 $400 grants. Please read all of the information below before filling out the application.  

Approved Fruits, Veggies and Herbs to Be Used in Garden

Grant Information, Guidelines, and Requirements

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s School Garden Grant Program is designed to fund school garden projects that will educate Florida’s students about the importance of agriculture, healthier meal options and allow teachers to use a school garden to teach Florida standards.

Those who receive funding for a school garden project will need to request a free copy of Gardening for Grades, Gardening for Nutrition and/or STEMming Up Gardening, books for teachers to help them get the most out of their school gardens, including tips on securing funding, planting Florida fruits and vegetables, and using the garden to teach more than a two dozen lesson plans and activities. A requirement of the grant is that teachers teach at least one lesson from one of the three school garden curricula.

Grant Timeline

  • Grant applications must be submitted online. FAITC will accept online applications until our grants funds are depleted.
  • Announcement of awards will begin roughly two weeks from when the online form goes live and will continue until the grant funds are depleted. We only have a limited number of grants.
  • Final report will be due to FAITC by May 27, 2022.

Eligible Applicants

Certified teachers in Florida engaged in classroom instruction at the pre‐kindergarten through 12th grade level who wish to create fruit and vegetable school gardens to enhance students’ understanding of agriculture.

Funding Guidelines

  • 40 $600 and 20 $400 School Garden Grants will be awarded. Budget must be equal to or less than awarded amount.
  • Seeds or seedling purchased with grant money must be on the specialty crops list. View the list of approved fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Because of food safety concerns, animal waste is not to be used on edible plants.
  • Grant money cannot be used for transportation.
  • Grant money cannot be used for salary or compensation.
  • Grant money cannot be used for clothing, promotional items or giveaway items.
  • Grant money can only be used for the following list of acceptable items:
    • Seeds (fruits and vegetables)
    • Soil
    • Plants (fruits and vegetables)
    • Fertilizer
    • Raised bed materials
    • Greenhouse materials
    • Hydroponics materials
    • Irrigation/watering system materials
    • Gardening tools
  • Grant check will be made payable to the school.
  • Grant checks not cashed within 60 days after receipt will become null and void.

Grant Requirements

  • Students must be directly involved in project.
  • The use of a lesson from Gardening for Grades, Gardening for Nutrition and/or STEMming Up Gardening must be demonstrated in the application and final report. (available for free from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom) A pre- and post-test for each lesson used must be administered to the students participating in the project. Pre- and post-test results must be included in the final report. Pre‐ and post‐tests can be found at the end of each lesson, but teachers can create their own tests as long as they coordinate with the lesson.
  • Students must keep a food diary through project. At the end of the project the teacher will summarize the changes in students’ eating habits and attitudes about food. Teacher can decide how to best incorporate it into curriculum, there is no set format.
  • Students must be surveyed at the beginning and end of garden project to determine the percent that try the fruits and vegetables planted in the garden.
  • You must plant at least one fruit or vegetable on the approved specialty crop list that you have not grown before.
  • A DETAILED budget and timeline must be included with your application.
  • A 30 minute webinar will be required before funds are sent to the school.
  • Some amount of in‐kind or monetary contributions must be secured before receiving the grant, this can be in the form of volunteer time.
  • Only one grant will be awarded per school.
  • If your school has received a grant in the past and not turned in a final report, your school is not eligible.
  • If any changes in project or budget are made throughout the project recipients must send an email with changes to sponholtz@agtag.org.
  • A final report is due (online) to FAITC office no later than May 27, 2022.

2021 School Garden Grant Application

The grants are meant to supplement FAITC’s Gardening for Grades, Gardening for Nutrition and STEMming Up Gardening, three books that take Florida teachers through the process of developing a school garden, and includes lessons to help teachers use the garden to teach health, science, language arts, math, technology, engineering and other subjects.
  • A requirement of this grant is to use a FAITC lesson from one of these books. If you do not have a copy you need to request a free copy from our teaching resources page.
  • Please do not tell me you will start at the beginning of the school year and end at the end. Break out your timeline by month, 9 weeks or semester.
  • Specialty Crops list can be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop
    Currently only $400 grants available
  • Max. file size: 2 MB.

Grant Final Reports

  • Spring 2021 School Garden Grant Online Final Report Form – PAST DUE 
    • If using the online report you will need to shrink all your files to less than 2MB.
    • If you would prefer to fill out a word document, please use the document template below and email it to Becky Sponholtz at sponholtz@agtag.org. You will need to insert all images (receipts and progress photos) into the document and email only the one file. Please name the file as 2021 FAITC School Grant_Your School Name.
  • 2019 School Garden Grant Online Final Report Form  – PAST DUE
    • If you received a School Garden Grant in the 2019-2020 school year this is the final report you will fill out.
    • If using the online report you will need to shrink all your files to less than 2MB.
    • If you would prefer to fill out a word document, please use the document template below and email it to Becky Sponholtz at sponholtz@agtag.org. You will need to insert all images (receipts and progress photos) into the document and email only the one file. Please name the file as 2019 FAITC School Grant_Your School Name.

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