Grants of up to $250 and grants of up to $500 to Arkansas schools and clubs to promote the development of agricultural gardens. Funding is intended for projects that demonstrate the importance of agriculture in the day-to-day environment. The grant program furthers the idea that gardens show the connection between agriculture, food, fiber, conservation, wildlife, and the urban environment. Gardens must contain agricultural crops such as corn, wheat, rice, soybeans, etc., and/or vegetables and fruits. Livestock projects are also acceptable, including bees.
Criteria for Schools, FFA Chapters, and 4-H Clubs
• A minimum of 100 students for average daily attendance
• The garden must be located on or adjacent to the school site
• A farmer volunteer, preferably a county Farm Bureau board member, must serve
as a project advisor.
• Teacher involvement is mandatory, and parental involvement is recommended.
This funding may not be used for flower or butterfly gardens or nature trails.
Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2024, as long as funding is available.
These are matching funds grants, and applications must include matching funds. Matching funds may include monetary donations from outside organizations and
businesses, school funds, and in-kind donations such as material, labor, equipment, etc.
Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $500 will be awarded for new gardens, and up to $250 will be awarded for
ongoing garden projects.