NGA Grant and Award Reports: Garden Impacts and Benefits
NGA’s grant and award programs are funded by generous corporations and foundations that share NGA's vision of a greener future and belief in the powerful impact gardening programs can have on the mental, physical, and psychological health of individuals. Beginning with 50 Youth Garden Grants in 1982, NGA has delivered 9,596 grants and awards worth approximately $3.96 million, reaching an estimated 1.6 million young gardeners.
Educators and youth leaders have always provided NGA with meaningful and inspiring anecdotal accounts of how gardening boosts kids' interest in school and learning, improves their attitudes about eating healthful foods and caring for the environment, helps them develop social skills and self-esteem, and gives them a feeling of community spirit. NGA now captures quantitative data to back up these moving and powerful stories.
Each applicant is asked to create a Garden Registry profile for their program. The Garden Registry profile can be displayed publicly or privately depending on your organization’s preferences. Garden Registry profiles are required to apply for grants hosted by National Gardening Association for 2012-2013. Applications will be evaluated based on a combination of information from the Garden Registry profile and application questions. The Garden Registry profile provides the grant committee with basic insights into your garden program. These details are saved in our database and can be reapplied to multiple grant applications. Learn more about the benefits of the Garden Registry.