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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.

2021-2022 Grant Year

The Gro-More Gardens Initiative, sponsored by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, will be awarding variable grant amounts, from $2,500 to $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 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.

Decades of research shows that children who grow fresh food eat more fresh food and, as a result, are healthier. That's why NHSA and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation are joining forces to teach children, families, and communities how to grow their own fresh produce—for life.

The Gro-More Gardens initiative 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?

Download Eucational Garden Resources

NHSA collected the best early childhood education garden resources, alongside our partner KidsGardening.org, and made them available for you.

Learn who won

List of grantee winners per year.

Sponsors

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