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Southeast Michigan School Garden Mini-grant program now accepting applicants for 2020

Support is available to schools and early care and education sites in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Michigan State University Extension is pleased to announce that the Southeast Michigan School Garden Mini-grant program is now accepting applications for the 2020 grant year! With funding from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Michigan State University Extension will award approximately 15 grants for schools or early care and education sites that are planning or implementing school garden programming. Grant awards will range from $500 - $1,500. In addition to funding, grantees will receive technical assistance, training and connection to a network of peers. The grant year is from March 30, 2020 – March 29, 2021.

The Southeast Michigan School Garden Mini-grant program offers planning and implementation grants to schools or early care and education (ECE) sites located in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. The application must be submitted by an employee of the school or ECE site affiliated with the garden.

For schools located in Detroit, we are partnering with local organizations which currently provide support to school gardens, including the Detroit Public School Community District’s Office of Nutrition, and Keep Growing Detroit to avoid duplicative efforts and maximize resources available to schools. We encourage schools to connect with these organizations (links below) and consider the resources offered before applying for this grant. We hope this grant will offer opportunities to complement these resources and contribute to sustainability of the network of resources available in the City.

Detroit Public School Community District’s Office of Nutrition

Keep Growing Detroit

Planning grants help schools and early care and education sites that are in the beginning phases of creating a school garden. Planning grantees will create a school garden action plan and form a school garden team by the end of the grant period.

Implementation grants help schools and ECE sites that are ready to establish a school garden or will expand their school garden program. Expansion can include expanding the physical garden, curriculum implemented, students reached or other program additions. Having a school garden team is a prerequisite to apply for an implementation grant. Implementation grantees will create a school garden sustainability plan to maintain the garden and activities beyond the grant period.

Please visit the Southeast Michigan School Garden Mini-grant page for more details regarding the grant program, eligibility, and requirements. Applications are due on Monday, February 24 at 5pm.

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