- Attract songbirds and butterflies to your schoolyard with wildflowers and native grasses.
- Add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology and earth science.
- Reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management; enhance sustainability and green-school certification.
Teachers and students across the US are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.
By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, students learn valuable life skills – including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come.
We offer assistance for all aspects of such projects. Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. We can help you locate experts and information specific to your area – anywhere in the US. In the past decade, we’ve supported over a thousand such projects, and we can use this experience to help you.
Applications for 2014 awards are due October 15, 2013. Please contact us if you have any questions.
I have an idea or have already started a project – do I qualify for funding?
I like these ideas – how do I start a project?
I have a project started, but am having some problems – where can I get help?
Electronic Applications for SFE Awards
Applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15th of the year prior to the grant year. Notification of awards will be made by February 15th of the grant year.
Please read the cover letter and instructions (pdf) before sending the SFE Application.
Click here to download the SFE Application (pdf). This is a PDF fill-in form that you can access through Adobe Reader. Note: do not use the preview mode available on some browsers, please use Adobe Reader to fill-in this form. Click to download Adobe Reader. Here is a copy of the application in a Word file if you have problems with the Adobe form SFE Grant Application.docx.
Once your project has been judged favorably and awarded a SFE grant, you will be expected to complete a final report by February 15th of the year following the grant award. To download a copy of the report, click here SFE Final Report.