2019 School Garden Grant is Now Open!
Slow Food Bluegrass is excited to offer our 2019 School Garden Grant, created specifically to support a school garden project based in Louisville, KY. This grant totals $5,000 and will be distributed over the course of three years: $2,500 in year one, $1,500 in year two, and $1,000 in year three. To be eligible for a Slow Food Bluegrass Garden Grant, applicants must be a (a) 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or (b) nonprofit (public or private) K-12 school, developing a student garden project focused on connecting and engaging children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Please note that priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects clearly demonstrating strong buy-in from stakeholders.
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted between November 9, 2018 and March 31, 2019 only. Grant recipients will be announced on or by April 15, 2019.
2018 School Garden Grant Recipient: Fern Creek High School
Previous School Garden Grant Recipients:
2017- Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary School
Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary School was given our grant that will support garden efforts at in Louisville over the next three years. The goal is to provide opportunities for children who live in an urban environment to develop an understanding of their food, their land, and nature. Grant funds will be used to build raised garden beds, cultivate relationships with teachers, engage students in the garden, develop relevant curriculum, plant, nurture, and harvest produce and create projects centered around the garden.
2016 - Parkland Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana (BGCK) was awarded the 2016 Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant. The grant will support the Parkland Boys & Girls Club garden club in west Louisville over the next three years. The program objectives include increasing the garden space, connecting kids to authentic, healthy food by providing hands-on learning experiences, and promoting community discussions about food insecurity and urban agriculture. Louisville Grows is a community partner in the BGCK garden program. BGCK's programs help foster essential youth outcomes of academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.
2014 - New Directions Housing Corp. - Brandeis Community Garden
New Directions Housing Corp. Brandeis Community Garden was our 2014 School Garden Grant recipient.
2015 - Bloom Elementary
Bloom Elementary received the Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant in 2015 and is currently in their second year of funding. In 2016, Bloom used grant funds to purchase additional raised beds, plants and an irrigation system. This past spring, the kindergarten class used the garden to plant flowers and sweet potatoes. They continue to integrate the gardens into the science curriculum for the first and second grade classes. We look forward to seeing how Bloom Elementary continues to grow their garden program.
2013 - Breckenridge/Franklin Elementary
Breckenridge/Franklin Elementary was our 1st School Garden Grant recipient. After receiving the grant in 2013, Breckenridge/Franklin has received funding over the past 3 years to build a school garden program.