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Seeds of Change Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Businesses for Community
Gardening, Farming, and Food Education Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Seeds of Change

Deadline Date:

03/28/17 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants of $10,000, $25,000, and $30,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and businesses for community-oriented gardening, farming, or food and nutrition education projects. Funding is intended for projects that enable and empower the local community to make healthy eating choices, and be excited about and involved in gardening and farming.

Projects must be focused on one of the following areas:

- Community-based farming or gardening
- Public school gardens
- Food and nutrition education
- Farming and agriculture education
- Sustainable farming

Judges will evaluate each application based on the extent to which the organization does the following:

- Food Education – How the organization helps teach people where their food comes from. How the entry effectively builds the connection between the journey from seed to plate. How the organization greater enables and empowers the community to make healthy eating choices. (up to 30 points)

- Community Impact – Whether the entry clearly identifies the organization’s mission and measurable goals, and ties its activity, impact and value to its community and to the Seeds of Change® mission. Make it clear what your organization accomplishes, and how it makes a difference. (up to 25 points)

- Need based – Whether the entry demonstrates a need for charitable funding. Does your organization have robust, alternate sources of income? Please share how grants offer an opportunity that the project or organization would not have the means to fund otherwise. (up to 20 points)

- Leadership and Inspiration – Whether the entry provides sound methods for executing its activity and achieving tangible results for its community. How does it get people excited about gardening and farming? Also whether the project leader, collaborators and partners have the capacity and commitment to see the project through to completion, while engaging the community. (up to 25 points)

Examples of permissible ways to use the funds include, but are not limited to:

- Printing, postage and supplies, including software
- Small equipment purchases, and equipment rental
- Travel and per diem necessary for project execution
- Outreach expenses
- Event refreshments and working meals
- Project-specific long distance, fax, and conference calls over land lines
- Outreach costs associated with hosting an educational event or field day

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153424

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$310,000

Number of Grants:

24: 2 top-scoring schools and 2 top-scoring community winners, and 20 next-to-highest scoring winners - 10 schools and 10 community winners

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The two (2) top-scoring school applicants will be eligible to each receive a $25,000 grant, and the two top-scoring (2) community applicants will be eligible to each receive a $30,000 grant.
- The next top twenty (20) scoring applicants – ten (10) school applicants and ten (10) community applicants – will each be eligible to receive one (1) $10,000 grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant organization must meet all of the following criteria in order to participate:

1. Be a private for-profit organization, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, or a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on at least one of the following areas:

- Community-based farming or gardening
- Public school gardens
- Food and nutrition education
- Farming and agriculture education
- Sustainable farming

2. Be based in the U.S. and primarily maintained in the U.S.

3. Be linked to a specific town, township, watershed, county or other delineated area, and be able to engage such community for participation and support.

Applications must be submitted from one (1) organization. Collaborations from multiple organizations will not be considered. Applications must be submitted for either a school grant or a community grant. Organizations may not apply for both.

Not eligible:

- Organizations who have previously received a Seeds of Change® Grant
- Fraternal, political, advocacy or labor organizations
- Organizations that limit membership and services based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, age or national origin
- Fellowships or research
- Conventions, conferences or seminars
- Fund-raising events (dinners, lunches, etc.)
- Non-US-based organizations
- Organizations whose program activities are mainly international (i.e., those who use over 50% of their funding to support activities outside of the United States)

Impermissible purposes:

- International travel
- Full or partial meals that are not working meals
- Paying off debts
- Costs incurred before the grant award date are not reimbursable
- Purchase of passenger carrying vehicles

Pre-Application Information:

Between March 30, 2017 and April 19, 2017, eligible applications will be displayed on the Site for the public to vote. The fifty (50) applications (25 school applications and 25 community applications) that receive the most votes will move to the next stage.

Starting about April 24, 2017, a panel of judges made up of Seeds of Change® farmers and brand leaders and strategic partners will evaluate the fifty organizations’ applications and select the final twenty-four (24) organizations – twelve (12) school recipients and twelve (12) community recipients.

Unless otherwise noted by Seeds of Change®, all awards will be distributed by July 31, 2017. The award is subject to all federal, state, and local taxes and recipient will be responsible for such taxes.

Guidelines:
https://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/Guidelines.aspx

FAQs:
https://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/Faqs.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/Registration.aspx

For questions, email seedsofchangeus@gmail.com.

Seeds of Change®
P.O. Box 4908
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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