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A partnership by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and NHSA.

Who can apply?

All Head Start programs are welcome.

Applications

The call for applications will open from October 1, 2021, to November 15, 2021.

New for 2020-2021 Grant Year

The Initiative will be awarding variable grant amounts depending on demonstrated need and proposal in the application. Grant awards will vary from $2,500—$5,000 in an effort to supplement needs of existing garden projects and to help launch new garden projects. The Initiative will be awarding a total of $50,000 in grant awards. Recipients will also receive a gift card for the purchase of garden curriculum materials, tools and additional gardening resources.

About the Gro More Good Garden Grants

Too many children and families living in at-risk communities don’t have access to enough fresh, healthy food. And far too many of them have never had the opportunity to see, taste or eat some of the garden’s best-tasting, good-for-you produce.

Studies show that many children from at-risk backgrounds don’t have access to fresh produce on a daily basis. However, research also shows that children who grow fresh food eat more fresh food and are healthier as a result.

That’s why the National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation are joining forces to address this critical issue facing young children. Through the Gro More Good Garden Grants initiative, we will work with Head Start programs across the country to teach children, families, and communities how to grow their own fresh produce—for life.

Our multi-year initiative will make garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families.

The Importance of Gardens for Early Childhood

Hands-on experiences in the garden provide young children with a multitude of life-enhancing benefits, including:

  • Access to healthy food
  • Increased physical activity
  • Reduced risk of obesity
  • Improved behavior
  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Positive social integration
  • Improved relationships
  • Greater engagement with learning
  • Better academic performance

Questions?

Questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions

Read our FAQs at the link above, or email us at gardens@nhsa.org

Check out these educational garden resources

We’ve collected all of the best early childhood education garden resources with our partner KidsGardening.org and made them available for you.

Learn who won

List of grantee winners per year.

Sponsors

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