Friday, January 26, 2007

Governator Funds School Gardens

Hopefully the word has gotten out that Ahhnold (with some great advice from Maria) has approved $15 million in funding directly to California School Gardens. This means from $2,500-$5,000 for YOUR school garden, if you are a California public or charter school.

The California School Garden Network is keeping us all up to date about how and when to apply:
Assembly Bill 1535 (Nuñez) (Chapter 437 of the Statutes of 2006) authorizes the California Department of Education (CDE) to award $15 million for grants to promote, create, and support California instructional school gardens. The grants will complement a school’s academic program and create opportunities for children to learn how to make healthier food choices, participate more successfully in their educational experiences, and develop a deeper appreciation of their community.
Check the CSGN website for all the details. You'll need to apply through your district or county office, so start now making those contacts and gathering a wish list of everything your garden needs. I'll be working with all our Urban Sprouts schools to apply as well. Feel free to contact Urban Sprouts for advice with your application!