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2020 Gro More Grassroots Grant

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mid-February, 2020
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ABOUT THE SPONSOR:

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 2020 GroMore 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 2020, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation 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 be receive a check for $1,000. 

The GroMore Good 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. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

The 2020 Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit organizations in the United States planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or greenspaces serving 15 or more youth. 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 GroMore Grassroots Grant by partnering with a fiscal sponsor who has achieved this status.

GRANT PACKAGES

In 2020, 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.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

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

Due Date: Applications will be due mid-February.

NOTIFICATION AND AWARD FULFILLMENT

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

REPORTING REQUIREMENT

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

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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.

Regards,

[School District Official]

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

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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.