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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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The North Dakota Junior Master Gardener Program provides hands-on activities that lead to healthy kids and strong communities.

North Dakota State University Extension will make grants up to $750 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 deadline for applications is March 12, 2021.

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.

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.
  • Construction projects such as building raised garden beds for the elderly.
  • Beautification projects at schools, parks, museums or along streets.
  • 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

Online Application

Applications will be taken online. Click here for the application form.  

A worksheet is available to assist proposal writers compose their thoughts and ideas on paper before submitting the online application.

Reimbursement Procedures 

Funds awarded in 2021 need to be used by June 5, 2021. Project coordinators must pay for project supplies and submit all receipts for reimbursements when their allocated funds are spent. Additional details are described in the following documents:

North Dakota Junior Master Gardener Program Reimbursement Guidelines for NDSU Personnel

North Dakota Junior Master Gardener Program Reimbursement Guidelines for Non-NDSU Personnel


More Information

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

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

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