October XX, 2015
WILLISTON, VT KidsGardening.org, known nationally for its educational grant programs and curricula, is now accepting applications for the 33rd annual Youth Garden Grant program.
Since 1982, Youth Garden Grants have influenced more than 1 million young lives across the United States contributing over 2.9 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives. This year, 20 more schools will be awarded with grant packages valued over $500.
Data collected from 2014's Youth Garden Grant reported more than 86% of those surveyed used the garden to teach Science as well as Health and Nutrition. Other popular topics taught through the garden are Mathematics, Art, and Language Arts.
″The need to reconnect kids to their food has only grown stronger since we started the Youth Garden Grants in 1982,″ explained Jennifer Tedeschi, Executive Director for KidsGardening.org. ″We believe that investing in school gardens changes lives not only for the kids, but for the school, families and the community.″
The 2016 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The application process is from now until December 1, 2015 and winners will be announced Thursday, January 21, 2016.
″We choose our Youth Garden Grant winners based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability,″ added Tedeschi.
The grant winners will receive the following: tool package from Ames, seed sheet from Cloudfarm, $100 gift certificate for plants from Bonnie Plants, natural cedar raised garden bed from Eartheasy, Green Cycler and Worm Bomb from Ecotonix, an assortment of seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds, drip irrigation starter kit from Rain Bird, Compost Sak from Smart Pot, hose and sprayer set from Gardener's Supply, and a curriculum package from Kidsgardening.org including The Growing Classroom, Growing Food, and Steps to a Bountiful Kids' Garden. For an application, questions and to learn more, please visit our Youth Garden Grant webpage.
KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1973 and based in Williston, VT. Through gardening, KidsGardening.org creates learning opportunities for kids so that they form healthy habits, connect with the natural world, and develop life skills. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more about additional grants and support their efforts visit KidsGardening.org