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Public Garden Funding Resources

There are many grants available to non-profit gardens that may be applicable to your wants and needs as a public garden. Many have restrictions, so please make sure you are eligible before applying. Have a grant or other funding opportunity to add to the list? Let us know at


American Academy of Dermatology Shade Structure Grant
The AAD Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure.

Amounts Awarded: up to $8,000.00

Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Annie’s offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens. Since 2008, they’ve directly funded more than 295 gardens, because they believe that gardens help connect kids to real food. Grants are issued annually.

Amounts Awarded: $5,000.00 to $2,500.00

California Department of Pesticide Regulation Alliance Grants Program
DPR’s Pest Management Alliance Grant Program, established in 1997, provides funding for projects that increase implementation and adoption of proven, effective integrated pest management (IPM) practices that reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment.

Amounts Awarded: Unknown
Geographic Restrictions: California Only

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Education Grants
Several applicable EPA grants are offered in the area of Environmental Education.

Amounts Awarded: variable

Herb Society of America Grants for Educators
The Herb Society of America's mission is to promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community. The grant rewards innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person).

Amounts Awarded: Up to $5,000.00
Geographic Restrictions: United States only

Institute of Museum and Library Studies Grants
Several applicable grants are offered through the Institute of Museum and Library Studies. In the FY20 budget passed on December 30, 2019, an additional $3M was allocated for the Museums Empowered and Inspire! Grants for Small MuseumsLearn more here.

Amounts Awarded: variable

Museums Assessment Program
MAP offers five different museum assessments: Organizational, Collections Stewardship, Community & Audience Engagement, Education & Interpretation (New!) and Board Leadership (New!). They have a questionnaire online to help you decide which consultative MAP assessment is a good match for your institution.  Download this short quiz and then apply online.

Amounts Awarded: valued at $4-6,000

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants
Several applicable NSF grants are offered.

Amounts Awarded: variable

National Trust Preservation Funds
Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects.  For more information about this program, or to learn how to apply, follow the link and read their guidelines and eligibility page.

Amounts Awarded: variable

2020 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program
Through the USDA Forest Service National Forest Resiliency Innovation Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, the Forest Service seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources to improve the public's health, well-being, economic vitality, and creates resilient ecosystems for present and future generations. 2020 Application deadline is March 31, 2020.

Amounts Awarded: variable

The Stanley Smith Horticulture Trust - actively seeking applications!

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust invites applications for grants up to $25,000 for projects related to education and/or research in ornamental horticulture. Not-for-profit botanical gardens, arboreta, and most other tax-exempt organizations are eligible. 

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust was created in 1970 by May Smith in honor of her late husband. The Trust supports education and research in ornamental horticulture, primarily in North and South America. Grants up to $25,000 are typically made to botanical gardens, arboreta, and universities. Letters of inquiry from organizations that match the Trust’s funding interests and qualifications are welcome. The application process is described on the For Grant seekers page.

Amounts Awarded: up to $25,000.00
Geographic Restrictions: North and South America

For information, visit: 

Therapeutic Garden Grants 
The National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens. Sakata Seed America is committed to supporting organizations in local communities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, to help people live productive, healthy and enriched lives. American Meadows is a respected online retailer of wildflower seeds, perennial plants, flower bulbs and vegetable seeds in North America and their people have been helping supply successful gardener-partners since 1981.

Amounts Awarded: up to $5,000.00
Geographic Restrictions: North America

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Urban Agriculture Resilience Program
The United States Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association are partnering to offer immediate support to established urban agriculture, community gardening, and other food-growing programs at public gardens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Agriculture Resilience Program is designed to prevent shortfalls, promote resilience, and grow capacity for established programs across our public gardens community.

Amounts Awarded: up to $15,000.00
Geographic Restrictions: United States


Urban & Community Forestry Grant 
The Morton Arboretum has been asked to partner with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, to offer urban and community forestry grants to municipalities, park districts, counties, and other units of local government. 

Amounts Awarded: Min $3,000 and Max $20,000

U.S. Bank Community Possible Grants - 3 cycles
U.S. Bank’s Community Possible supports efforts to create stable jobs, better homes, and vibrant communities. Grants are awarded for fund economic development initiatives tied to Work, Home, and Play.

PLAY: Application open January 1 – January 31 
WORK: Application open April 1–April 30 
HOME: Application open July 1–July 31 Neighborhood Stability & Revitalization  

Amounts Awarded: Varies

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National Park Service: Save America's Treasures Grant Program

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is now accepting applications for $13 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save Americaߣs Treasures program.

Since 1999, the Save America's Treasures program has leveraged more than $340 million in federal appropriations through the Historic Preservation Fund and attracted $399 million in private investment to help communities preserve nationally significant properties and collections across the country, creating more than 16,000 jobs along the way.

Save America's Treasures grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind services. To be considered for this funding, historic properties must be listed as National Historic Landmarks or at the national level of significance in the National Register of Historic Places, and a case must be made for a collection's national significance. For more information about the Save America's Treasures grant program, visit

Application instructions and materials for both types of projects are available through

Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

Since its inception, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen their operations, plan for the future, and meet field-wide standards.

Your help in sharing the availability and benefits of MAP with your members is critical to our collective efforts to strengthen the field. We invite you to use the following messages to share the exciting developments coming to MAP and promote the upcoming deadline.
AAM is now accepting applications for our next MAP class, including for two new MAP assessment types: Board Leadership and Education & Interpretation. 

We welcome applications from all states, museum types and sizes! We are particularly interested in reaching these states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, and Indiana; and specialty museum types such as science museums; children’s museums; gardens/arboretums; and tribal, ethnic, and culture-specific museums.

Learn more here.