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2020 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant

mid-February, 2020
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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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Find a complete list of 2019 winners on our 2019 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant winner page.

The 2020 Gro More Good 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 serving 15 or more youth. 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.

The Gro More Good Grassroots Grant will be open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories. Organizations must have obtained their 501(c)(3) status or qualify as tax-exempt within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Service code.

Additional details about the 2020 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant will be available this fall. Please add your name to our email list in the side bar to receive notification when the application becomes available.


Check awards of  $500 and $1,000 will be available


The online grant application will be available starting early January 2020.

Due Date: Applications will be due mid-February.


Winners will be notified via email by mid-to-late March 2020. A list of winners will also be posted on on that date. Awards will be distributed in April 2020.


Grant awardees are required to report on their program’s progress by December 31st, 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
  • An narrative about the impact of the garden program



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

A: Yes. During the application process, you will be required to upload three verification documents––your organization’s W9 form, IRS determination letter, and either your organization’s formation document or charter. 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. If you are a school group that has not achieved 501(c)3 status, please upload your district’s W9 form and 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.

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: 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.  

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

A: Yes, but previous winners must wait two years after receiving the award to apply again.