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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. Learn 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

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

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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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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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