Thank you for your interest in The Seeds of Change Grant Program.
The program officially begins on Monday, Mar 01, 2017, so please check back soon to enter.
We look forward to receiving your submission and the opportunity to help your garden grow.

FAQ for a Seeds of Change™ Grant

Submission Dates: March 01 – March 28, 2017

Is your organization eligible?

Regardless of whether you apply for a school grant or a community grant, your organization must meet all of the following criteria in order to participate:

  1. Be a private for-profit organization, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, or a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on at least one of the following areas:
    • Community-based farming or gardening
    • Public school gardens
    • Food & nutrition education
    • Farming and agriculture education
    • Sustainable farming
  2. Be based in the U.S. and primarily maintained in the U.S.
  3. Be linked to a specific town, township, watershed, county or other delineated area, and be able to engage such community for participation and support.

Applications must be submitted from one (1) organization. Collaborations from multiple organizations will not be considered. Applications must be submitted for either a school grant or a community grant. Organizations may not apply for both.

  • The following types of organizations and activities are not eligible for grant support, even if they meet the above criteria:
    • Organizations who have previously received a Seeds of Change™ Grant
    • Fraternal, political, advocacy or labor organizations
    • Organizations that limit membership and services based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, age or national origin
    • Fellowships or research
    • Conventions, conferences or seminars
    • Fund-raising events (dinners, lunches, etc.)
    • Non-US-based organizations
    • Organizations whose program activities are mainly international (i.e., those who use over 50% of their funding to support activities outside of the United States)

What should I consider when filling out an application?

Make note of the Garden Name, Zip Code, City and State you enter in the application. This is how your community should search for you during the voting phase in April.

If you’re eligible and submit your organization, you will automatically become the Grant Program Ambassador for your organization. As the Ambassador, you must be able to accept the grant, answer questions and manage the project.

Ambassadors are required to answer all questions on the application form. The answer to the first question (How would you use this grant to help your community?) will be viewable when the public is asked to cast their vote.

Upload a photo that represents your project as this will be displayed next to your organization name and viewable when the public is asked to cast their vote. Your photo must be formatted as a JPG, PNG or GIF and be a minimum of 500x500px. It must be in landscape orientation and cannot exceed 10MB. Please see the Program Guidelines for additional photo requirements.

When answering the 1,000-character questions, think about how your community garden/farm:

  • Helps teach people about where their food comes from
  • Empowers people to make healthier eating choices
  • Builds a connection from seed to plate
  • Clearly identifies the organization’s mission
  • Ties its activity, impact and value to its community and to the Seeds of Change™ Brand mission to preserve biodiversity and promote the use of sustainable organic agricultural practices
  • Demonstrates a need for charitable funding
  • Provides measurable goals and sound methods for executing its activity
  • Is supported by a project leader, collaborators and partners who have the capacity and commitment to see the project through to completion, while engaging the community

What can I do to encourage votes for my garden/farm?

The top 50 eligible organizations (25 schools and 25 community organizations) with the most votes move on to the judging phase, so it is beneficial to let your community know that you are applying for a grant and encourage them to visit the Seeds of Change™ Facebook page or to vote.

One way to do this is by using social media:

  • Facebook and Twitter’s Share function will be active after you submit your application so you can let your Facebook and Twitter fans and followers know you applied for the Grant on behalf of your organization.
  • During the voting phase, people who search for your organization and cast their vote will also be able to use the Share function.
  • Ask your organization to publicize the application and encourage voting by posting on their social media pages.
  • Spread awareness for the program and your application by using #SeedsOfChangeGrant in social media posts.

Ask your local school or organization to publicize your grant application in communications to members/community, such as blogs, e-newsletters, print publications, etc.

Make sure to use the PR Toolkit to help generate awareness for your application. The toolkit will include: a press release template, letter to the principal/organization leader, flyer and suggested social media content. You will receive PR Toolkit via email shortly after your application is submitted. If you don’t receive the PR Toolkit after submitting an application, email us to request yours.

Each individual may vote only once per calendar day, per entry, from 3/30/17 to 4/19/17.

See Program Guidelines at for more details or contact us at with any questions.