Grants for Greenhouses and How They Work

| September 3, 2013 | 8 Comments

Grants for GreenhousesWhile grants for greenhouse projects are not overly common, there are a few programs that offer support to schools and non-profit groups looking to add a greenhouse to their educational and community programs. This support comes from the greenhouse and gardening industry. One of these programs provides a grant to support the purchase of a dome-style greenhouse. The other provides a start-up seed package for educational garden and greenhouse projects.

The Growing Spaces Greenhouse Grant
Growing Spaces is a retailer of a geodesic greenhouse product called Growing Dome. The company is based in Pagosa Springs, CO where they’ve been making geodesic domes since 1989. While this company is a small family business, they’ve sold well over 1,000 of their Growing Domes around the world. These greenhouses allow for year round gardening suitable for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers.

The company offers in-kind grant support to school and community groups looking to purchase and incorporate a Growing Dome as part of their various programs. The grant is provided as a discount on the purchase of the greenhouse equipment. Grantees are expected to conduct their own fundraising efforts to provide for the discounted cost of the greenhouse kit. So, be aware that it is not a completely free dome you are applying for. Each year the company awards the in-kind grant to three groups. In 2013, these included an elementary school gardening project, a living library exhibit at a public library and a wolf sanctuary and education center. Growing Spaces accepts applications yearly by March 30 with awards announced in June or July. You can download the grant application on the company’s website.

Want to see if your gardening project could potentially get funded through the Growing Spaces greenhouse grant program? Check out these former winners over the last three years to see if what you are looking to do fits with what they normally fund through applications. You might save yourself some time and trouble if you’re looking for help with a personal greenhouse. Mainly, the program has picked schools and non-profit organizations that expose their greenhouse domes to the public at large usually in an educational setting. So, I’d suggest taking a minute to check out the former greenhouse winners and see if what you want to do is similar to these past projects that were picked.

2013 Greenhouse Grant Winners
2014 Greenhouse Grant Winners
2015 Greenhouse Grant Winners

The Syngenta “Grow More Vegetables” Seed Grant Program
So you have a greenhouse in place, now what? The provider of vegetable seed and gardening products Syngenta offers a seed grant program that gives seed kits to school and community greenhouse and gardening projects. Selected grantees are supplied with a gardening package containing vegetable seed, gift cards and a flip camera. Recipients are asked to document their educational gardening project using the camera so that Syngenta can use this material in its marketing and promotional efforts. Syngenta accepts applications yearly with a September 15 deadline. Winners are notified by the end of November. Non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies are eligible to apply. Visit their website to download an application. For more information, contact Bonnie Thomas about the grant program by calling 1-800-472-6616 or you can email bthomas@gibbs-soell.com.

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  1. Ken Korns says:

    I’m a 100% disabled veteran I have been trying to get grants and anything that could help me get a moderate sized green house. I want to a built dome style for winter growing do you happen to know anybody or have any contact that might be able to help me?

    • Kipp Shives says:

      Ken, the few greenhouse grants we were able to find mostly worked with schools and non-profit organizations performing educational growing programs. That I know of there isn’t really a personal grant for a greenhouse at this time. If we come across one, we will certainly add it to this article so feel free to check back from time to time. Good luck!

  2. Carol Bledsoe says:

    I would like more information on grants for a greenhouse. Thank you

  3. Chris says:

    I have 10 acres next to a High and Middle School Complex in Kansas. My wife and I are interested in working on a very large greenhouse project. We are friends with a lot of the teachers and councilors next door and would like to work with the students as an educational opportunity for them. A grant to kick this off would be awesome. Can you help or point me in the right direction? Thank you.

    • Kipp Shives says:

      Man, I was in Kansas a couple of times and man… that wind. Man, that wind! Listen Chris, your project sounds absolutely awesome. The bad news is that the grant from Growing Spaces is for a pretty small greenhouse. Well big if it were in my backyard but not so much 10 acres big. What you want to do is perfect for what they usually look for, tho. All three 2015 recipients were school gardening projects. Also, since you’re partnering with a school, they can apply for the Toolbox for Education grant. It offers $5,000 that can be used for school projects and one of them is a greenhouse gardening setup. Lowe’s has given away that grant now for 10 years. Lastly, I’d suggest going to the PTA of the schools directly and maybe you guys can devise some local fundraisers to get you going. I saw a high school car wash while I was in Kansas. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, Rock Chalk.

  4. Kayla Freeze-Jones says:

    Hi, my name is Kayla Freeze-Jones, I am 2nd year vocational education teacher at Mason Oklahoma school. Our school is K-12 with approximately 225 students. We had a small greenhouse, but unfortunately Oklahoma weather had other ideas for it. I have been trying to raise money for a new greenhouse but we are in a very low economic area and it’s not going well at all. I am extremely interested in this grant and helping our kids learn and move forward in life. Any information would be appreciated.

    Thank you for your time
    Kayla Freeze-Jones

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