Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011/11/28 2012 Youth Garden Grants

2012 Youth Garden Grants
Open Date: 07/25/2011 
Due Date: 11/28/2011

NGA is delighted to announce that The Home Depot Garden Club continues as the Youth Garden Grants (YGG) sponsor. In its 29-year history, the YGG program has helped more than 1.3 million youngsters by supporting youth gardening programs. Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot Garden Club, 5 winners will receive gift cards valued at $1,000, and 95 winners will receive $500 gift cards, for the purchase of gardening materials and supplies specific to the needs of their program from their local Home Depot store.

Program Criteria

NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:
  • educational focus or curricular/program integration
  • nutrition or plant-to-food connections
  • environmental awareness/education
  • entrepreneurship
  • social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning.

Who Should Apply

Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply may do so, but must wait one year (e.g., if you won in 2011, you can apply again in 2013) and have significantly expanded their garden programs.

Grant Packages

For the 2011 grant cycle, 100 grants are available. Packages are as follows:
  • Five (5) programs will receive gift cards valued at $1000 (a $500 gift card* to The Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog and educational materials from NGA
  • Ninety-five (95) programs will receive a $500 gift card* to The Home Depot and educational materials from NGA
*Note: Home Depot gift cards must be used in person at Home Depot stores. They are not valid for online purchases.

Submission Process

Due Date: Applications must be submitted by November 28th, 2011

Online Application

When you click on the button below, a form will appear requiring you to register with If you are already registered you can proceed to the application. (See our privacy policy if you have questions about how we use the information.) Photos are not required, however if you would like to include pictures of your program please be prepared to upload them in one of the following formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, PDF.

Award Fulfillment

We will notify you about the status of your application via email by March 1st, 2012. A list of winners will also be posted from this page on Awards will be distributed in March 2012.

Reporting Requirement

Grant awardees will be required to submit a year-end impact report due in August of 2012 (end of the garden season rather than the calendar year). Winning programs are asked to sign-up for the school garden registry. Programs that do not complete the final report will not be eligible to apply for future awards.
No purchase necessary. Purchase of a product does not improve your chances of receiving an award.

About Sponsor

The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,241 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2008, The Home Depot had sales of $71.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $2.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. Visit The Home Depot Garden Club site for more information.