Friday, September 21, 2012

2013/03/27 2013 Mantis Tiller Award

For the past 17 years, Mantis has provided the Mantis Awards to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. To date, Mantis has provided 271 programs with tillers. This year, NGA will select 25 outstanding applicants to receive Mantis tillers/cultivators. Any non-profit garden program may apply. In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens, and many others. These are groups turning minimal resources into bountiful gardens with far-reaching benefits, from increasing their community’s access to fresh nutritious foods to educating the public about the importance of gardening in our nation’s history.Bledsoe KY


Applicants must operate a charitable or educational program that is not-for-profit in the United States. The tiller may not be used as a prize for fundraising (e.g., auction or raffle).


25 programs will each receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and their choice of gas-powered 2-cycle engine or electric motor. Total value: $349.00.


Due Date: Applications must be submitted by March 7th, 2013.


Applying for a garden grant is as easy as 1,2,3... Login, register, and apply today!
Steps to Register and Apply:
  1. Log into your user account.
  2. Click “Apply Now”.
  3. Fill out the “Garden Registry Form”* for your program. Proceed to the application.
*All applicants are required to register with our Garden Registry before applying for a grant. This will help connect your garden to other garden programs, future funding opportunities, and volunteer support. You will not be able to submit a grant application without creating a Garden Registry profile for your program. See our privacy policy if you have questions about how we use the registry information. Photos of your program are not required during the application process, but if you would like to include them please use one of the following formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, PDF.
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Winners will be notified via email on April 30th, 2013. A list of winners will also be posted Awards will be distributed in May 2013.


Grant awardees will be required to submit two surveys. These reports help NGA determine the overall impact of the grant program and gather ongoing support for youth gardening. Recipients who do not complete these requirements will not be eligible to apply for future awards.


  • 5-10 digital photos. Note: Parental photo permission forms (available at will be required for all youth in photos. (Either use the release form provided, or supply an equivalent that is inclusive of NGA and its sponsors.)
  • A pre- and post- gardening survey must be completed. Award winners will receive instructions for completing these documents.
  • A one-page essay detailing the program’s progress and achievements.
No purchase necessary. Purchase of a product does not improve your chances of receiving an award.