2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant

February 15, 2019

Gro More Grassroots Grant Application

Application Questions

Grant Writing Tips


Scott's Miracle-Gro Foundation

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is committed to bringing the life enhancing benefits of gardens and greenspaces to more people and more communities, especially those that need them most. Working with a wide range of innovative partners, including KidsGardening, they are ensuring that today's generations, and the ones that come after, will experience a world made better through gardens and greenspaces.

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The 2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant presented by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States.  Awards provide funding for the development of new and expansion of existing youth garden programs and greenspaces. Winners will be selected based on their commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of their garden program including plans for growth and future fiscal stability.

In 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000.

The Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or greenspaces. Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PST.


The 2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit organizations in the United States planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing gardens or greenspaces. Organizations must have obtained their 501(c)(3) status or qualify as tax-exempt within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Service code. Examples of tax exempt organizations that may not have a 501(C)(3) status include, school districts, universities and government entities. If you fall into this second category, please provide your EIN number on the application.

If your organization has not achieved 501(c)(3) or tax exempt status, you may apply for a Gro More Grassroots Grant by partnering with a fiscal sponsor who has achieved this status.


In 2019, a total of 175 programs will be awarded. 150 organizations will receive a check for $500.  The top 25 winners will be awarded a check for $1,000.


The grant application is now available! You can also download the grant application questions ahead of time in order to prepare your answers.

Due Date: Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PST. Winners will be announced March 20, 2019. (The first day of spring!)


Grant awardees are required to report on their program’s progress by April 1, 2020. Winners will be provided with a link to an online survey form to complete. If you do not feel that you will be able to comply with these reporting requirements, please do not apply.

Reporting requirements include:

  • 5-10 digital images of the garden or green space
  • Parental release forms to accompany images of children
  • Completion of an online survey
  • A narrative about the impact of the garden program


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Q: Are we required to provide documentation of our 501(c)(3) or tax exempt status?

A: Yes. During the application process, you will be required to upload two verification documents––your organization’s W9 form (all applicants), and, if you are a 501(c)(3) organization, your IRS determination letter, OR formation document OR charter. If you are a school group that has not achieved 501(c)3 status, in addition to your W9, please upload a letter on school district letterhead, signed by a school district official, stating that the school in question falls under the jurisdiction of the school district, a governmental entity. You must provide these documents in order to apply for a grant, and the organization name on all your documents must match exactly unless documentation is otherwise provided to explain a discrepancy.

Example letter:

Dear Sir/Madam:

Please accept this letter as confirmation that [name of school] located at [address of school] falls under the jurisdiction of [Name of School District]. [Name of School District] is a governmental entity.


[School District Official]

Q: Our organization has received a Grassroots Grant previously. Can we apply again?

A: Yes. Although this grant program is a continuation of the Gro1000 Grassroots Grant Program and the Scotts Miracle-Gro’s mission to support gardens throughout the country, previous recipients are eligible to apply.

Q: Are there specific guidelines on how the grant funds should be used?

A: Grant funds should be used only for the designated purpose as described in the grant application and subsequent grant notification letter, and not for any other purpose without prior written approval.