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School Garden Grants

Thank you for your interest in applying for one of Florida Agriculture in the Classroomā€™s School Garden Mini Grants!

The $500 mini grants are meant to supplement FAITCā€™s Gardening for Grades and Gardening for Nutrition, two 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, and other subjects.

The grants will be awarded on a firstā€come, firstā€serve basis to those who meet all of the grant requirements. The guidelines for the grant are below. Please note multiple teachers from the same school cannot apply for the grant, only one grant recipient per school.

Approved Fruits, Veggies and Herbs to Be Used in Garden

Note: we are no longer accepting School Garden Grant applications for this year. Please check back later.

Grant Information, Guidelines, and Requirements

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Incā€™s School Garden Mini Grant Program is designed to fund school garden projects that will educate Floridaā€™s students about the importance of agriculture and allow teachers to use a school garden to teach health, science, language arts, math and other subjects.

Those who receive funding for a school garden project will also receive a copy of Gardening for Grades and/or Gardening for Nutrition, 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.

Grant Timeline

  • Grant proposals must be submitted online beginning Monday, August 1, 2017.
  • Announcement of awards will begin mid August 2017 and continue until the grant funds are depleted. We only have a limited number of grants.
  • Progress Report will be due to FAITC by December 15, 2017 via online form or email survey.
  • Final report will be due to FAITC by May 18, 2018.

Eligible Applicants

Certified, general education and agriscience teachers in Florida engaged in classroom instruction at the preā€kindergarten through 12th grade level who wish to create fruit and vegetable school gardens to enhance studentsā€™ understanding of agriculture.

Funding Guidelines

  • $500 mini grants will be awarded.
  • Grant money must be used to grow Florida fruits and vegetables. 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
  • Grant check will be made payable to the school, not to an individual.
  • 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 Gardening for Grades or Gardening for Nutrition must be demonstrated in the application and final report.
  • Students must keep a food diary through project. At the end of the project the teacher will summarize the changes in studentsā€™ eating habits and attitudes about food. Teacher can decide how to best incorporate it into curriculum, there is no set format.
  • A detailed budget and timeline must be included with your application. Budget and timeline need to be detailed.
  • Some amount of inā€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.
  • Gardening for Grades or Gardening for Nutrition (available for free from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom) must be used. 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. Preā€ and postā€tests can be found at the end of each lesson in Gardening for Grades and Gardening for Nutrition, but teachers can create their own tests as long as they coordinate with the lesson.
  • 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 18, 2018.

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