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Terms and FAQs

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Terms and FAQs

Key Dates

  • The application period for 2019 will open on 11/1/2019 and will close on 12/1/2019.

  • Winners will be selected and notified in 12/15/2019. Due to the small size of our team, we do not notify applicants who haven’t been selected to receive a grant.

  • Winning schools' funds and license will be administered and delivered by Jan. 31, 2020.


Who can apply?

The school garden must be an edible school garden (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and be located in the USA or Canada, outside of the province of Quebec.

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Public schools

  • Public charter schools

  • Private schools with 501c3 non-profit status

  • Private charter schools 501c3 non-profit status (US)

  • 501c3 or charity non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a public or a non-profit private school

  • School districts supporting a garden at a public or a non-profit private school

Can preschools apply for a grant? Unfortunately, preschools are ineligible for this grant.


Can home-schools apply for a grant? Unfortunately, home schools are ineligible for this grant.

What if our garden already uses Garden Manager's garden management software? You are still qualified to apply.  Should you be selected, in addition to the funds, we will also refund your current license fee previously paid for the upcoming year, so you can enjoy it at no cost. 

How many years do we get to collect the award forOne.  The selected school garden will receive one $250 payment only, and a free software license for one calendar year for their garden. 

Are there financial reporting requirements for the grant? We do not require financial reporting from recipients.

Can the funds be sent directly to a parent or after-school garden coordinator instead of the school? Funds cannot be sent directly to individuals.


Can my school use these funds to purchase anything related to the garden? Yes, as long as it’s being purchased for an edible garden (growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.)– schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems.

Can I use the grant funds for landscaping? No, the grant funds must be used for edible gardens to which children have regular access.

If selected to receive a grant, when will we receive funds?
Funds will be delivered by end of January 2020.

What if I don’t receive the email notifying me that my school was chosen to receive a grant?
We will make three good-faith attempts to notify each winner that his/her school has been selected, including emailing and calling the number you’ve provided. If the winner does not respond by the deadline, an alternate winner will be chosen. Please check the email address provided in your application frequently during the notification period (including checking your spam filter). 


Application Details

What’s the best way to save a copy of my application? Because it’s not possible to save a copy of your application responses and return to them later, we highly recommend submitting your form when you have 10 minutes - on average, this is how long it takes to complete. We do not recommend filling out this application on a mobile device.

Can I apply by emailing you in a Word document?
Please do not email your application; we can only accept online submissions through the form. If you’re having technical troubles, please make sure your web browser is up-to-date and that you have a good internet connection.

What if I have additional info I want to share about our garden plan?
Once an application is submitted, answers cannot be amended or changed. In order to be fair to all applicants, any emails sent will not be considered as additional information for an application.


Can I request an update on my application status?
No – because we are a small (but mighty) team, we are not able to respond to inquiries regarding applications or the winner selection process.

Contact Us

Still have questions about the application? You can reach us here. Please note the business hours on the contact form. There can be a delay in response time during peak periods, so please submit your questions as early as possible so that we can respond to you before the deadline. Please note, there is no purchase necessary to enter or win. Applicants must be over 19 and authorized to apply for the grant on behalf of the school to submit an application.