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Youth Gardening Grants Available

NDSU Extension is offering funds to support youth gardening projects in North Dakota.


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North Dakota State University Extension will make grants up to $1,000 available on a competitive basis to support youth gardening projects in North Dakota. Approximately $22,500 is available.

Schools, 4-H clubs, community organizations, church groups and other youth organizations are encouraged to apply. The review of applications will begin March 6, 2019.

Funds may be used to purchase gardening supplies (hand tools, soil, seeds, plants, containers, etc.) and teaching supplies. Funds cannot be used for food, transportation, labor or major equipment.

North Dakota State University supports the national Junior Master Gardener program and encourages the use of their educational curricula. For more information, go to www.jmgkids.us.

Any project related to youth and gardening is eligible. Examples of possible projects include:

  • The establishment of school gardens to promote the consumption of healthy foods.
  • Food security gardens that grow vegetables to be donated to local food pantries.
  • Beautification projects at schools, parks, museums or along streets.
  • Construction projects such as building raised garden beds for the elderly.
  • Planting trees to establish small arboreta or orchards at schools or parks.

Selection criteria include (but are not limited to) the number of children involved, number of days of activity involved, and the value of the project to the overall community. Projects funded in previous years are described in our Annual Reports.   

Funds awarded in 2019 need to be used by June 9, 2019. Project coordinators must pay for project supplies and submit all receipts for reimbursements when their allocated funds are spent.

Applications will be taken online. A worksheet is available to assist proposal writers compose their thoughts and ideas on paper before submitting. 

Please contact NDSU educators , or if you have any questions. 

Written by Tom Kalb, Extension Horticulturist, North Dakota State University.

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