Seeds for Education Grant Program

Would you like to:

  • Attract songbirds and butterflies to your school yard 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 United States are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with butterfly gardens, nature trails, 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 awards for next year are due October 15th. 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 Grant Awards

Applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15 of the year prior to the grant year. Notification of awards will be made by February 15 of the grant year.

The 2018 SFE grant application will be accepted starting July 1, 2018. Please carefully read the cover letter before sending the SFE Grant Application. 

Using the PDF grant application

Follow these instructions carefully. You will need the free Adobe Reader® program or Adobe Acrobat® to use the form. Do not convert the form to other programs.

  1. Download and save the application to your computer.
  2. Fill in the form fields completely. You can stop and resume at any time. Just be sure you save the form to your computer before you close it.
  3. After proofreading it one last time, save the application.
  4. Email the completed form to

Progress Report

Once your project has been judged favorably and awarded a SFE grant, you will be expected to complete a progress report by February 15 of the year following the grant award. Follow the instructions above and download and save a copy of the SFE Progress Report to your computer. Email the completed form to