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11/12/18 11:59 PM ET
Grants ranging from $200 to $400 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of public food garden projects. Projects may include, but are not limited to, food pantry gardens, school gardens, community gardens, job training gardens, homeless shelter gardens, tribal gardens, senior gardens, library gardens, college gardens, orphanage gardens, demonstration gardens, healing and therapeutic gardens, as well as hybrid versions of the projects above that defy easy categorization (i.e. a community garden project involving seniors who are growing extra food for their local food pantry).
SeedMoney offers two types of grants:
1. Challenge Grants ($400): Awarded to the first 50 projects that are able to raise $600 via their crowdfunding pages during the 30-day challenge period running from November 15th to December 15th.
2. Merit Grants ($200): Traditional grants that don’t require that groups raise any funds of their own. Projects that don’t win Challenge Grants will automatically be considered for Merit Grants.
SeedMoney will also award an additional $600 bonus grant to the project that raises the most funds by the end of the 30-day crowdfunding challenge period.
SeedMoney leaves it up to the applicant groups to decide how the money will be spent. For some groups, funds will be used to cover the annual operating costs of the garden project (e.g. buying seeds, supplies, tools, compost, etc.) whereas for others funds may be sought for a specific purpose like installing an irrigation system, purchasing a greenhouse, etc. To ensure that the funding campaign is successful and transparent, please be as specific as you can about your project's needs in your project description and budget.
GrantWatch ID#: 159538
50 Challenge Grants, 50 Merit Grants, and 1 Bonus Grant.
- The first 50 campaigns that raise $600 will receive $400 challenge grants.
- All campaigns that didn't win a $400 challenge grant will be entered into consideration for one of 50 $400 merit grants.
- An additional $600 bonus grant will be awarded to the project that raises the most funds by the end of the 30-day crowdfunding challenge period.
Although the garden projects are very diverse, they all share a few common denominators: they must be food gardens; they must be public gardens (i.e. the Foundation can't fund an individual's private garden even if that person is donating the produce to others); and they must be proposed by nonprofit causes that are able to prove their nonprofit status.
Grants aren’t limited just to 501c3 organizations. Past grantees have included schools, churches, homeless shelters, food pantries and many other groups looking to start or sustain a food garden project. If you have any doubts about your project’s eligibility, contact the funding source via the contact form (https://donate.seedmoney.org/contact).
USA and global applicants are eligible to apply. Global applicants should be aware:
1) SeedMoney awards more grants to projects based in the US than other countries because that is where the Foundation and funders are based.
2) The default currency for funding projects on SeedMoney.org is the US dollar. Whatever funds your project manages to raise will be sent to you in US dollars. Projects located outside the United States must either have a PayPal address or a website where online donations can be made.
The application deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern Time November 12th, but SeedMoney strongly urges project leaders to submit their applications as soon as they are ready to avoid any last-minute hiccups on their end or on the Foundation's end. Only applications that have been successfully submitted via the website will be considered.
All projects that are complete and submitted by the deadline will automatically be entered into consideration for both grants (i.e. the $400 Challenge Grant or the $200 Merit Grant) and will also be positioned to collect donations from local supporters during the Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 challenge period.
At noon Eastern Time on November 15th, all funding campaigns whose applications were submitted on time and fit the criteria will go live. Let your project’s supporters know in advance!
The first 50 campaigns that raise $600 will receive $400 challenge grants. You’ll be able to track your progress via the SeedMoney site and can keep raising funds even if you’ve hit your goal.
At noon Eastern Time on December 15th, the 30-day challenge period ends. Your campaign will be able to keep whatever it has raised even if it hasn’t managed to reach its funding goal. All campaigns that didn’t win a $400 challenge grant will be entered into consideration for one of 50 $200 merit grants. These grants will be chosen by the grants committee.
Challenge grant winners will be announced in late December once SeedMoney has been able to verify the top 50 projects' donor tallies. Merit grant winners will be announced on February 15, 2018. The Foundation will announce the grantees via the SeedMoney website, email, and Facebook page.
All funds--grants and crowdfunds--will be distributed by January 31, 2019.
Please note: Applicants can create more than one funding campaign as long as they’re not for the same garden project. For example, you might be a volunteer for two garden projects, one at a school and one at a food pantry. You can create campaign pages for each one.
For more information see the FAQ page: https://donate.seedmoney.org/faq
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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If you run into trouble or just have a question, SeedMoney is happy to help but ask that you seek self-help first by reading through the grant instructions carefully and consulting the online FAQ section. If that doesn’t work, SeedMoney has a chat feature set up on their site for answering questions in real time and can also answer questions emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If none of the above work for you, you can also call (207)956-0606 (Eastern Time).
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