Before You Apply

You can apply for a grant if you are connected to a public, charter or private school. You may also apply on behalf of a scout, 4-H or similar youth group, house of worship, summer camp, conservation district, library, nature center or other not-for-profit organization. In cases where the applicant is not the landowner, (for example, a scout group doing a project at a library site) both organizations must endorse the application.

You can apply for grant for a project at the conceptual or groundbreaking stage. You may also apply for a grant to expand or renovate an existing project. Grant funds are for purchase of plants and seeds only. If you need funding for signage, fencing, paths, etc. you must find other sources.

How and When to Apply

When you apply for a grant you must use our electronic form, and send it to us as an email attachment. The form includes detailed instructions. Please complete every item, so we can understand your plans.

Drawings or sketches are required so our judges can visualize your plans. Judges also look at sun/shade and relationship to buildings, sidewalks and similar features. Sketches must be clear and legible, and may be hand-drawn; professional drawings are not required. Please send these by email: PDF format is preferred, JPG and PNG are acceptable. We will print drawings on 8.5 x 11 paper, so please separate them into sections if this is needed for legibility.

Our current schedule requires that applications be submitted by October 15 each year, and we notify you of awards by February 15. We send the funds as soon as we have arranged for nursery partners for each project.

We encourage you to contact us at any time for information or advice. We can provide general advice about project strategy and plans. We may also be able to make connections to local sources of advice and information.

Please contact us at least 30 days in advance of the application deadline. Many successful applicants start planning in the Spring, refine their ideas over the Summer, and submit their applications in the Fall.