Friday, September 21, 2012

2013/01/02 2013 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant

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The National Gardening Association is proud to announce the 3rd year of the Muhammad Ali Peace Center Peace Garden Grant sponsored program by Yum! Brands Foundation. In an effort to help all schools sow the seeds of respect, the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden is designed to help schools teach lessons of peace and hunger awareness through garden activities. As a global initiative, the United States and all international locations are eligible for participation. The grant opportunity begins on September 21st, 2012 in honor of theUnited Nations International Day of Peace, a day of global recognition of the importance of tolerance and respect for all humanity. This year the International Day of Peace celebrates it's 31st year!
For 1/6 of the world and 14 million families in the United States, hunger is the predominant issue at the dinner table. Hunger awareness is an important step to alleviate food insecurity, empowering communities with the knowledge of the global problem and inspiring solutions. Through school gardening programs Yum! Brands and the NGA will help to enable students around the world to grow fresh, nutrient- rich food to nourish their bodies and minds as well as their communities. The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden program is focused on providing schools with the tools and lessons to begin and sustain a successful garden program where students will learn the value of nutrient-rich foods for healthier, more peaceful lives.
Peace gardens focus on using edible plants from different cultures providing youth with the opportunity to learn about the world through culinary delights. Edible gardens in particular provide opportunities for youth to learn how to nurture and care for other living things while also learning how to care for themselves. Students gain first-hand experience through the process of growing food and gaining the skills needed to increase their access to fruits and vegetables. What better way to create awareness about hunger than to have them actively involved in growing a garden, taking food home to their families, and giving to the community.
The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on peace and hunger awareness in the United States and around the world. Through winning programs, students will learn the value of nutrient rich foods for a healthy lifestyle, while gaining an awareness of global hunger and the importance of peace as a member of the global community. Download our activity guide to learn more about planting the seeds of multicultural respect, nutrition and hunger relief.


To be eligible for the 2013 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden, your school or organization must plan to garden in 2013 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Schools within the United States must have a student body eligible for 50% or more reduced or free lunches. This is a global initiative; all International countries and territories are eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and peace studies, and nutrition and hunger issues.


50 Award packages are available. 2013 award winners will receive a gardening package valued over $500 including:
  • $400 in gardening supplies
  • $100 for soil amendments and plants


Due Date: Applications must be submitted by January 2nd, 2013.  Winner will receive an email and be announced on on March 7th, 2013.
Online Application
When you click on the button below, a form will appear requiring you to register 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.
Reporting Requirement
Grant awardees will be required to submit an impact report . These reports help NGA determine the overall impact of the grant program, and assist us in gathering ongoing support. Recipients that do not complete the final report will not be eligible to apply for future awards. Program winners are required to pass along the following:
A minimum of 5 digital photos. Note: Parental photo permission forms will be required for all youth pictured. Parental release forms from organizations and school programs may be sent in as long as the form is inclusive to outside agents.
Two surveys must be completed, a pre- and post gardening survey.  Award winners will receive instructions during the spring of 2013.

No purchase necessary. Purchase of a product does not improve your chances of receiving an award.