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Creates outdoor edible classrooms at public schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition

Salad Bars to Schools: 
Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools.

Chef Ann Foundation Fruit and Veggie Grant

  • $2,500 grant
  • Funds used to support food costs to incorporate schoolwide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's nutrition program
  • No deadline
  • Grants awarded on an ongoing basis

NEA Learning and Leadership Grants

  • $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups
  • Deadlines: February 1, June 1, and October 15
  • Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:
  • Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research
  • Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff

James M. Cox Foundation Grants

  • Deadlines: February 15th, June 15th, and October 15th
  • Concentrates on projects related to conservation and environment, early childhood education (birth to five years), empowering families and individuals for success, and health
  • Must be a 501 (c)(3), located in an area where Cox Enterprises or subsidiaries operates (this is Conway and Springdale), organizations outside of Atlanta, GA must submit a letter of endorsement from a local Cox business leader
  • Two types of support are considered: requests for capital campaigns; and requests for special projects (Awards for basic operating expenses and support for annual programs usually are not granted)

USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program

  • Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America
  • Funds can be used to construct, expand or improve facilities that provide health care, education, public safety, and public services
  • Financing may also cover the costs for land acquisition, professional fees, and purchase of equipment
  • One grant was used to build cold storage for crops being harvested on a school grounds

Ben & Jerry's Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program

  • One-year grants for up to $25,000 to organizations with budgets under $500,000
  • Organizations must have 501(c)3 status or have a fiscal agent with this status
  • Will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies to accomplish their goals

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants

  • Awarded for general organizational support, as well as funding for specific projects
  • Grants average approximately $7000 each
  • Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle
  • Applications are reviewed three times per year
  • Deadlines: February 1, June 1, October 1

Annie's Grants for Gardens

  • Deadline: November 11
  • Supports development of edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food.

US Gardens Grant Program

  • $2,000 grant
  • Deadline: November 15
  • Supports new or existing gardens at public schools in the range of K-12 or organizations with 501(c)3 status

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Seed Donation Program

  • Nonprofit community gardens are eligible for a donation of seed packets

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