Enter by June 2 to Win an Annie’s School Garden Grant!

Annie's grants_for_gardensAnnie’s Homegrown, the natural and organic foods company that makes those yummy Cheddar Bunnies and other good eats, is once again giving away $500 and $1500 grants to schools in its Grants for Gardens program. Parents, teachers, principals, and after-school program directors can fill out the Spring 2014 grant application here through June 2 at 8 p.m. EST. The $500 “Getting Started” funds are available to schools looking to start a brand-new garden program, while the $1500 “Digging Deeper” funds are for existing school gardens that need help growing. Both funding options focus on garden programs that will connect U.S. K-12 school kids to real food.

Annie’s also offers a School Garden Funder through fund-raising site CrowdRise to empower schools and like-minded friends to raise money. Start a fund-raiser for your own school’s garden or donate to a fund-raiser already in progress. Annie’s will give the top three school garden fund-raisers as of June 2 at 5 p.m. EST grants of $1,000, $700, and $400, respectively. Plus, the company is giving away more prizes each week—this week’s top fund-raiser will win enough Cheddar Bunnies to fill a classroom of backpacks with the snacks.

Since 2008, Annie’s Grants for Gardens program has helped create and sustain school gardens by giving grants and providing practical resources for parents and teachers. With the goal of a garden in every school, so far Annie’s has donated funds to more than 270 schools across the United States, putting more than 80,000 children in direct contact with growing real food. On its website, Annie’s also provides gardening help for families and schools, such as a downloadable booklet on Creating Gardens of Goodness and other garden resources.

Ellen Sturm Niz is an editor and writer parenting, living, and working in Jackson Heights, Queens. Follow her on TwitterPinterestTumblr, and Google+.