While 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.
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 email@example.com.