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2020 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant

February 14, 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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2020 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant

Gro More Good Grassroots Grant
The "bean drop" at Greenville Community Garden, a 2019 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant winner.

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 is 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.

This year, 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000 will be awarded. 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. Applications must be received by Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 PST.


The 2020 Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit organizations in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth gardens or greenspaces serving at least 15 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 Gro More Grassroots Grant by partnering with a fiscal sponsor who has achieved this status.

Previous winners of the Gro More Good Grassroots Grant must wait two years after receiving the award to apply again.  


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.


All applications must be submitted online.  Click here to access the application.

Due Date: Applications will be due on February 14, 2020 by 11:59 PST.

Applications Tips:

Please read through the entire application before you begin. This will help you avoid duplicating information and allow you to make the best use of the available space.  You can download a PDF file or Word Doc file of the questions to view ahead of time.

Please note you may go back in and edit your online application by clicking the "save and resume later" button; however once you select “submit” you will not be able to edit or access your application. After submitting your application, you will be sent to an online confirmation page letting you know that your application was successfully submitted.  From this page you may also print a copy of your answers.

We strongly advise saving the questions into a Word document and copying and pasting your answers into the application. The online application system will time out after two hours, but it may time out sooner than that due to the security settings of your browser. You can save your application by clicking the "Resume Later" button at the top of the screen and creating a user name and password. If you have selected the "Resume Later" button, you will receive an email with this information along with a link that will allow you to return to your application. Make sure to save this email as you will need this information to resume. If you do not receive a confirmation email in your inbox, please check your spam folder in case it landed there.  You can also return to this main landing page, and select "Load Unfinished Survey" in the top right corner.  Do not select "Exit and Clear Survey" at any time or your saved application will be deleted.

Once you select “submit” you will not be able to edit or access your application. If you submit more than one application, the application submitted last will be evaluated. You will receive an online confirmation statement and an email that the application was successfully received after you select submit. Applications that are started, but not submitted, will not be considered for the award.


Winners will be notified via email by March 20, 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 verification documents of your nonprofit status.  501(c)(3) Organizations may include their IRS Determination Letter or Formation Document or Organization's Charter.  Schools can submit a letter on school district letterhead, signed by school district official, stating that the school in question falls under the jurisdiction of the school district. For other tax exempt organizations such as government agencies, religious organizations and Tribal governments, please provide a letter on official letter head stating that you are designated as an automatically tax exempt organization and thus exempt from needing a 501(c)(3) documentation to claim nonprofit status with the US government.

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.