Apply now for the complete Grow Package for the 2019-20 school year. Awardees will receive:

  • $15,000 Funding support to hire a dedicated garden/nutrition educator
  • Printed Sage Garden Project lesson plans, 12 lessons for each grade K-6, for both garden and nutritional science – 168 lessons that include plans for garden maintenance, recipes and correlation to standards
  • Fully-outfitted cooking cart to use in garden or classroom, sponsored by Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation
  • $1,000 gift card from Sprouts Farmers Market for grocery needs
  • $300 stipend for garden supplies from Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation
  • 3-day Educator training at our pilot program in Encinitas, California in July
  • Ongoing support from Sage Garden Project experienced educators and network
  • Opportunity to apply for renewable funding of $15,000 annually for up to 3 years
  • Opportunity to apply for matching grant funding of up to $10,000 per year after the initial 3 years – from both Sage Garden Project and Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation

Successful applicants will need:

  • Demonstrable need or classification as a Title 1 public California elementary school
  • A school garden, or fully-funded plan for one in place by fall of 2019
  • Commitment to implement a minimum of 60 Sage Garden Project garden/nutritional science lessons per year, during the school day: for example, a K-5 school has 6 grades – 5 garden classes and 5 nutrition classes per grade would meet the minimum requirement
  • Full support of school principal, in writing
  • Full support of PTA/PTO, if applicable, in writing
  • Commitment to fill out twice-yearly report forms on finances and progress (year-end December, year-end June) and feedback about the program on your campus
  • Complete application submitted by May 31st

Other pertinent dates:

  • Awards announced by June 30th
  • Training at Ocean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas, CA – July 16, 17 & 18th
  • Funding checks hand-deliver at training in July
  • September – cooking carts and equipment ship to schools
Award Program Application

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Sage Garden Project is assembling a group of like-minded funders to support and sustain school garden and nutrition education programs in California schools. We are delighted to announce Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation as our first partner! With a special interest in building capacity for cooking, Sprouts is underwriting the cooking carts we supply to Grow Package recipients, and providing funds for schools to purchase their own garden and grocery supplies. Sprouts will also be matching our contributions to schools that are struggling to maintain their programs after the initial three years of Sage Garden Project support.

Separately, but equally wonderful, Sprouts is currently accepting health and wellness grant applications from local nonprofits:

Sprouts Neighborhood Grants
Sage Garden Cooking Cart

Grow Package Award recipients will have this well-made piece of science furniture shipped to them, ready to assemble. They will also receive a generous collection of the basic tools and equipment needed to begin cooking in the garden or classroom.