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GRO1000 Grassroots Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, School Districts, Agencies,
and IHEs for Community Garden and Green-Space Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/19/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 to USA nonprofits, school districts, agencies, and institutions of higher education for community garden and green-space projects. Funding is intended to support community outreach initiatives that bring the benefits of gardens and green spaces to more neighborhoods, schools, and communities—particularly to those in need.

GRO1000 believes in the power of gardens and gardening to transform people and places, and is committed to creating at least 1,000 community gardens and green spaces across America.

From children’s learning gardens to pollinator habitats, urban farms to healing gardens, GRO1000 has supported over 830 community-based projects nationwide since 2011. Projects have resulted in more than 10.7 million square feet of greenspace revitalized, more than 266,000 pounds of produce donated annually and more than 65,000 youth positively impacted through hands-on experiences with nature, according to data collected from previous GRO1000 Grassroots Grants recipients.

Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation evaluates a number of critical factors based on the information provided in the application form, including, but not limited to:

- The project’s positive influence and impact on a community.
- The project’s alignment with the mission of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and its philanthropic programs, including a strong involvement of area youth and if a garden plans to donate a portion of the harvest to those in need.
- The organization’s commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of the project, including its plans for growth, community involvement and additional funding opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179169

Number of Grants:

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation awards up to 130 Grassroots Grants throughout the United States each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of grants awarded will be in the amount of $500. A selection of the highest scoring applicants will be awarded $1,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is helping to foster community spirit and public service is eligible to apply.

Certain organizations that qualify as tax-exempt within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Service code are eligible to apply. Examples are school districts, universities and government entities. If you are a school group that has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, please use your district’s EIN number.

If your organization has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, a fiscal agent who has achieved it is required. If you are a school group that has not achieved 501(c)(3) status, please use your district’s EIN number.

Pre-Application Information:

Press Release:

For 2018 funding, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation will accept applications for grants starting on January 2, 2018. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on February 19, 2018.

All applicants will be notified by April 2018 regarding the outcome of their grant request.

Contact Information:

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

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Please direct any questions to

Staff Contacts:

Molly Jennings
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
937-681-7683 (desk)
561-350-5734 (mobile)

Kailyn Longoria
Fahlgren Mortine
614-383-1633 (office)
646-919-1234 (mobile)

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