Potential Funding Opportunities & Advice

SARE Partnership Grants/Sustainable Community Grants

Partnership Grants are reserved for agricultural service providers–extension staff, nonprofits, consultants, state departments of agriculture, and others working in the agricultural community–who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators.

Simply Organic 1% Fund

Simply Organic has given more than a million dollars to organic research, education and grower development projects since the Simply Organic 1% Fund was established in 2001. One percent of all Simply Organic sales go into the fund, which supports training and community projects for organic farmers where our spices are grown, as well as a variety of organizations and events that study, support and promote organic agriculture.

OCIA Research & Education Micro Grants

OCIA International (Organic Crop Improvement Association) offers grants in the range of $300 to $1,500 for organic research, organic education, and other ideas supporting organic agriculture. Projects must benefit multiple producers, processors and/or consumers. There may be limitations on the number of grants given within any one region.

Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation is now taking applications for its $1,000 microgrants to further awesomessness in the universe. Check out your city’s chapter and see what initiatives they’re looking for then apply!  Every month, one microgrant will be given for an awesome idea. The more inventive the better.


Project Orange Thumb Online Grant

Project Orange Thumb is a community garden grant program that provides tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources. Fiskars has provided over $1.6 million to more than 180 community groups since the program started in 2002. The application is open to non-profit organizations in North America late in the year and grant recipients are announced in spring of the following year.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants

The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of approval date. 


This is a resource that may give ideas and research backing for preparing a proposal for funding and listing how plants can contribute to an urban landscape.


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