Grants for native gardens or habitat used for hands-on learning
The Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program (SFE) was established more than 20 years ago. It provides grants for native gardens or habitat used for hands-on learning. The funds are designated for outdoor learning areas that engage children from preschool through high school. The plants and seeds purchased with the funds must be native. Youth participate directly in the planning, planting, and care of the native plant gardens.
Nonprofits such as nature centers, schools, religious institutions, and governmental agencies may apply for funding. The project must use native plants or seeds to educate youth high school age or younger. Applications for maintenance of existing gardens are not eligible. However, applications may be submitted to expand existing sites.
The deadline is midnight Central Time on October 15. Late applications are not accepted. Awards are made the following February, in time for the planting season.