Gro More Gardens

Gro More Good Garden FAQ’s

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

Who can apply?

All Head Start programs are welcome.

Applications open

The call for applications for the 2020-2021 Garden Grants will be accepted from November 1, 2020, through December 18, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most important factors in the decision-making process for the Garden Grants?

  1. The project’s positive influence and impact on young children, their families, and also the broader community.
  2. The organization’s commitment to incorporate the garden as an important component in its educational programming with children and families.
  3. The organization’s commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of the garden, including its plans for growth, community involvement and additional funding opportunities.
  4. The organization’s plans to engage students, families, community partners and volunteers in a Community Build Day, a day set apart to create and celebrate the garden.

I have applied before and was not awarded. How can I improve my application?

While we would love to serve everyone who applies, we have limited funds in this partnership. Try to be as concise, clear, and specific in your application as possible while always writing to the four criteria above.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any Head Start program that is a current NHSA member. Applicants must have the plot of land in their possession at the time of the application with at least a two-year commitment for the garden to be on that property.

What is the timeline for grant submission?

The call for applications for the 2020-2021 Garden Grants will be from November 1, 2020 through December 18, 2020.

How many Garden Grants are awarded each year?

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and National Head Start Association Garden Grant Program will award a total of $50,000 in grants for the 2020-2021 grant year. Due to COVID-19, awards will vary between $2,500—$5,000 in an effort to supplement needs of existing garden projects and to help launch new garden projects. Winners will also receive a gift card to Gardener’s Supply Company for the purchase of garden curricula, tools and additional resources. A recommended product list will be provided, but each recipient will be able to pick the products that best fit their needs.

During the first two years (2018-2019, 2019-2020) of the Initiative, only ten (10) grant awards were given in a grant year in the amount of $5,000.

We are not classified as a 501(c)(3) charity. Can we still apply?

Generally no. There are, however, certain organizations that qualify as tax-exempt within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Service code and are eligible to apply without a 501(c)(3) designation. Examples are school districts, universities and government entities. If you are a school-based Head Start program that has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, please use your district’s EIN number.

We do not have a 501(c)(3) classification. Can we apply through a fiscal sponsor?

Yes. If your organization has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, a fiscal sponsor who has achieved it is required. If you are a school-based Head Start program that has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, please use your district’s EIN number.

Our organization has received a Gro More Garden Grant previously from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation. Can we still apply?

No, in order to reach the most vulnerable communities, families, and children, once a Head Start program has been awarded a Gro More Good Grant from this Initiative you are no longer eligible to apply.

Are there specific guidelines on how the grant funds should be used?

Grant funds should be used only for the designated purpose as described in the grant application and subsequent grant notification letter. Each grantee determines how to use their grant cash award towards their garden but if you have any doubts, we encourage you to say Hello

Can the grant funds be sent directly to a parent or after-school garden coordinator, instead of the head start center?

No, funds cannot be sent directly to an individual but must be sent to the organization that applied for the grant.

If awarded a grant, are there reporting requirements of our organization?

Yes. Recipients of grant funding are required to report back to NHSA on how the grant funds were used. Reporting guidelines will be shared with each winning organization once awarded with a timeline of deliverables and expectations.

When will applicants be notified of the grant decisions?

All applicants will be notified by January 22, 2021 .

If awarded a grant, will I need to attend anything?

You will be invited to attend the Winter Leadership Institute (virtual if COVID-19 does not permit for in-person gathering) for an announcement of the award recipients. There will also be an orientation webinar that will be required for all award recipients on February 2, 2021.



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