A Garden in Every School®

National Gardening Association has awarded grants to 10,000 youth gardening programs. Awarded have been distributed in 15 different counties around the world impacting 2.2 million young gardeners.


National Gardening Association (NGA) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Through our garden-based educational initiatives, we offer children an education that begins in the garden and stays with them the rest of their lives—resulting in improved academics, better eating habits, greater environmental stewardship, and ultimately healthier, more secure and engaged communities. Our mission is to promote youth gardening programs - one child, one school, one community at a time.

Through corporate support, over the past 32 years more than 10,000 awards valued at nearly 4 million dollars have been distributed benefiting more than 2 million youth across the country. Nearly 66% of our school grant winners have been from low-income communities, many in districts where a majority of students receive federal free or reduced lunch program assistance. Though many have been served, demand far exceeds our ability to provide support.

Our vision is to have a Garden in Every School® in America. We ask you to join us in creating a healthy future by partnering with us in this important work. The opportunities are boundless and our programs are both flexible and scalable to address any social platform and budget. The PDF documents on this page are just a small representation of the opportunities that are possible by working with our organization.


About Our Grants

The National Gardening Association (NGA) will customize any program to meet your marketing and social responsibility needs using gardens as a vehicle for learning and engagement.

NGA Garden Grants: Read about what can be accomplished when you team up with the National Gardening Association's KidsGardening.org.

Garden Grants

Fighting Childhood Obesity: Read about how funding the National Gardening Association's programs helps to fight childhood obesity.

Improving Lives: See how gardens can improve lives in the home, the school, and the community.

The School Garden: With your support, see what a school garden can look like and what they can accomplish.

Garden in Every School® Overview: Read about how foundations, sponsors, and corporate donors drive the Garden in Every School® initiative.

The Garden in Every School® Mission Brochure: Learn how school gardens impact every area of childhood development.

Grant Programs in Need of a Sponsor

The Youth Garden Grant: Since 1982, National Gardening Association has provided the Youth Garden Grant to over 5,000 schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States. Youth Garden Grant has contributed over 2.8 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives and serves as National Gardening Association's longest standing grant program.

Youth Garden Grant

The Healthy Sprouts Garden Grant: Since 2001, the Healthy Sprouts Garden Grant has been providing youth and school garden programs with funding and support to start or sustain established gardens. In the history of the Healthy Sprouts Grant program, over 240 awards providing $126,500 in funding and supplies to schools and youth programs.

Healthy Sprouts Grant

To learn more about developing a relationship with NGA,
please contact Mike Metallo at (800) 538-7476, ext.123.