The grant review panelists will evaluate a number of critical factors based on the information provided in the application form, including, but not limited to:
The project’s positive influence and impact on young children, their families, and also the broader community.
The organization’s commitment to incorporate the garden as an important component in its educational programming with children and families.
The organization’s commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of the garden, including its plans for growth, community involvement and additional funding opportunities.
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.
Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs. 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.
For 2019 funding, we will accept applications for grants starting on October 8, 2018. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on November 15, 2018.
A: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and National Head Start Association Garden Grant Program will award ten grants each program year. The Garden Grants are a three (3) year program with an opportunity to apply again in the fall of 2019 and 2020. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit.
The garden kit will be shipped directly to the grantee and will include raised beds, weed cloth, tub trugs, child-sized hand tools, child-sized shovels, hose and reel, child-sized watering cans, adult and child-sized gloves, tomato towers, pots, seeds, organic soils and fertilizers, plants, garden planting guides, and curriculum.
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.
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.
Yes, all Head Start programs are welcomed to apply.
Grant funds should be used only for the designated purpose as described in the grant application and subsequent grant notification letter, and not for any other purpose without the prior written approval.
No, funds cannot be sent directly to an individual but must be sent to the organization that applied for the grant.
Yes. Recipients of grant funding are required to report back to NHSA on how the grant funds were used. A template report will be given to each winning organization. Reports should be submitted back to NHSA by December 31, 2019.
All applicants will be notified by December 31, 2018.
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This initiative has been made possible by a partnership with the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation.
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