FAQ for a Seeds of Change® Grant
Submission Dates: March 02 – March 28, 2016
Is your organization eligible?
Regardless of whether you apply for a school grant or a community grant, your
organization must meet all of the following criteria in order to participate:
- Be a private for-profit organization, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, or a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on at least one of the following areas:
- Community-based farming or gardening
- Public school gardens
- Food & nutrition education
- Farming and agriculture education
- Sustainable farming
- Be based in the U.S. and primarily maintained in the U.S.
- Be linked to a specific town, township, watershed, county or other delineated area, and be able to
engage such community for participation and support.
Applications must be submitted from one (1) organization. Collaborations from multiple organizations will not be considered.
Applications must be submitted for either a school grant or a community grant. Organizations may not apply for both.
- The following types of organizations and activities are not eligible for grant support,
even if they meet the above criteria:
- Organizations who have previously received a Seeds of Change® Grant
- Fraternal, political, advocacy or labor organizations
- Organizations that limit membership and services based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, age or national origin
- Fellowships or research
- Conventions, conferences or seminars
- Fund-raising events (dinners, lunches, etc.)
- Non-US-based organizations
- Organizations whose program activities are mainly international (i.e., those who use over 50% of their funding to support activities outside of the United States)
What should I consider when filling out an application?
Make note of the Garden Name, Zip Code, City and State you enter in the application.
This is how your community should search for you during the voting phase in April.
If you’re eligible and submit your organization, you will automatically become the
Grant Program Ambassador for your organization. As the Ambassador, you must be able
to accept the grant, answer questions and manage the project.
Ambassadors are required to answer all questions on the application form. The answer
to the first question (How would you use this grant to help your community?) will be
viewable when the public is asked to cast their vote.
Upload a photo that represents your project as this will be displayed next to your
organization name and viewable when the public is asked to cast their vote. Your photo
must be formatted as a JPG, PNG or GIF and be a minimum of 500x500px. It must be in
landscape orientation and cannot exceed 10MB. Please see the Program Guidelines for
additional photo requirements.
When answering the 1,000-character questions, think about how your community garden/farm:
- Helps teach people about where their food comes from
- Empowers people to make healthier eating choices
- Builds a connection from seed to plate
- Clearly identifies the organization’s mission
- Ties its activity, impact and value to its community and to the Seeds of Change® Brand
mission to preserve biodiversity and promote the use of sustainable organic agricultural
- Demonstrates a need for charitable funding
- Provides measurable goals and sound methods for executing its activity
- Is supported by a project leader, collaborators and partners who have the capacity and
commitment to see the project through to completion, while engaging the community
What can I do to encourage votes for my garden/farm?
The top 50 eligible organizations (25 schools and 25 community organizations) with the most votes move
on to the judging phase, so it is beneficial to let your community know that you are applying for a grant
and encourage them to visit the Seeds of Change® Facebook page or www.seedsofchangegrant.com to vote.
One way to do this is by using social media:
- Facebook and Twitter’s Share function will be active after you submit your application so you can
let your Facebook and Twitter fans and followers know you applied for the Grant on behalf of your
- During the voting phase, people who search for your organization and cast their vote will also be
able to use the Share function.
- Ask your organization to publicize the application and encourage voting by posting on their social
- Spread awareness for the program and your application by using #SeedsOfChangeGrant in social media
Ask your local school or organization to publicize your grant application in communications to members/community,
such as blogs, e-newsletters, print publications, etc.
Make sure to use the PR Toolkit to help generate awareness for your application. The toolkit will include: a
press release template, letter to the principal/organization leader, flyer and suggested social media content.
You will receive PR Toolkit via email shortly after your application is submitted. If you don’t receive the PR
Toolkit after submitting an application, email us firstname.lastname@example.org to request yours.
A person can only vote once per calendar day EDT, so encourage your community to continue to go back and vote each