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Funding Sources for Volunteer Activities


RCMG volunteer Joe Baltrukonis created a compendium of insurance sites and other funding sources. Most sources may be great sources for additional funding that can be used to support some of RCMG's projects and community activities. If you are working on an activity and could use some extra financial support, consider one of the resources below.

Insurance Companies

Alliance Life Insurance Company of North America: 2023 grant categories

We understand that to be included in economic life, people need to meet their basic needs first. Allianz supports organizations that work to meet these needs, with a focus on creating stability and financial independence.

We provide grants to organizations that:

  • Provide food, clothing, and shelter paired with programming that supports individuals and families in increasing their financial stability (for example, food banks and transitional housing programs).

  • Improve access to affordable food.

  • Increase or improve affordable housing.

(Application due March 1, 2023)

Nationwide Insurance

The Nationwide Foundation provides immense community support. Since 2000, Nationwide has brought in over $120 million for the sole purpose of funding charitable causes. The Nationwide Foundation also actively works with other well-known non-profit organizations like United Way, Feeding America, and The American Red Cross.

The Nationwide Foundation also helps maximize the impact of personal gifts by matching, dollar for dollar, associate contributions through our Community Giving, Hunger Relief and Social Justice campaigns, our Associates Helping Associates program and gifts to accredited higher-education institutions.

Food Security Impact Area:

  • Agriculture education & research

  • Food sourcing & distribution

  • Youth development

State Farm

Through its State Farm Neighborhood Assist program, State Farm actively works to make the world a better place by helping communities fix specific problems in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Companies Foundation provides scholarships, grants supporting volunteerism, and donations to colleges.

Altruism runs through every level of the State Farm company. They are committed to auto and home safety programs and activities that help people manage the risks of everyday life. and invest in education, economic empowerment and community development projects, programs and services that help people realize their dreams. They help maintain the vibrancy of our communities by assisting nonprofits that support community revitalization. grants to end food insecurity.

Thrivent Insurance Company

Thrivent Action Team Thrivent is here to help you make a difference. Simply gather a team of friends, family or neighbors to put on a fundraiser, educational event or service activity. We’ll provide the resources you need to get started – including up to $250 in seed money. Then you and your team can get busy bringing your project to life.

Thrivent Choice Program

Through Thrivent Choice®, our clients with membership can contribute to organizations and causes they care about—and influence how Thrivent distributes some of its charitable grant funding through Choice Dollars®.

You can make a personal donation to your favorite enrolled organization—Thrivent pays the processing fees.* Eligible clients with membership can also direct Choice Dollars or nominate an organization to be a part of the program.

Through Thrivent Choice, more than $550 million has been distributed to churches and nonprofits nationwide.


Garden Grants

AARP Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities, two of which are new this year. US $500 - US $50,000.

America in Bloom

America in Bloom and the CN Railway have partnered to create the “EcoConnexions From the Ground Up” grants program. With a true transcontinental network that extends to three North American coasts, CN passes through a wide range of urban and rural communities. We encourage communities along the CN corridor (Minneapolis-St. Paul) to take environmental action by improving their communities through healthy urban forests, natural landscaping, groundcover improvement, and flower displays.

American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network

The Teaching Gardens Network is a one-stop-shop for everything schools will need to start or enhance a school garden. By joining the network you gain access to Grant opportunities for funding your garden, free gardening materials, and resources, digital cross-curricular, standards-based gardening and nutrition education curriculum, downloadable Teaching Gardens Network certificate, and recognition on their website. Recipients will be announced in January 2023.

Big Green Real Food Grow Here

Big Green awards Learning Gardens based on a number of factors, including the strength of garden team, plans for garden use, student demographics, and location. They also have curriculum offerings.

Blooming Prairie Foundation

Grants for innovative practices in the area of organic and natural foods. The Foundation is pausing grant issuance during 2022. Please check back in January 2023 for updates on future granting options.


Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Kids Cabbage Program

Growing our next generation of gardeners! “Learning how to grow healthy food at an early age teaches kids to value the fun and hard work that goes into gardening. We’re always thrilled to share the appreciation and excitement of a bountiful harvest with our students and believe the joy of gardening is something you never outgrow.” Mike Sutterer, President & CEO of Bonnie Plants

Captain Planet™ Foundation

Invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and environmental education. They empower youth to become local and global environmental change-makers. Their 2023 grant program is targeted for specific cities.

Fiskars – Project Orange Thumb

Fiskars is proud to support programs that celebrate innovation, education, and biodiversity. Our grants aim to make a real impact by supporting schools and community gardening initiatives across North America.Fiskars is proud to support programs that celebrate innovation, education and biodiversity. Our grants aim to make a real impact by supporting schools and community gardening initiatives across North America.

Herb Society

The grants listed on their page are for the research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herb gardens throughout history. Visit their website to learn about their available grants and the application process. Website describes grants for teachers, and scholarships for undergraduate students.

Monarch Joint Venture

Through our teacher professional development workshops, the Monarch Joint Venture provides schoolyard garden grants to our teacher/school participants. Teachers engage in a multi-day workshop planning for their gardens and then have the opportunity to receive a garden grant to support implementing the garden on their school grounds.

National Garden Bureau Grants

For therapeutic garden programs to bring healing for those affected by trauma. The National Garden Bureau launched a philanthropic program in 2014 that supports the building and growth of therapeutic gardens across North America. This program furthers NGB’s mission of promoting gardening to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

2023 grant available April 1, 2023.

National Garden Clubs Wildflower Awards & Grants

Operation Wildflower offers opportunities for clubs and states to receive monetary awards for native plant and wildflower projects.

Seed Money

Seed Money is a Maine-based nonprofit providing grants, crowdfunding opportunities and training to food garden projects across the country and around the world.

Scotts Miracle-Gro™ Foundation Kids Gardening

The GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant, brought to you by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. KidsGardening offers a variety of grants to new and existing youth garden programs across the nation. Each funding opportunity has its own timeline, defining features, eligibility requirements, and reporting expectations.

Applications open January 3, 2023 – February 10, 2023.

Whole Foods Market

Our Garden Grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden located at either a K-12 public or private school and a Non-profit organization (501(c)(3) in the US/Registered Charity in Canada) that serves children in the K-12 grade range.

Wild Ones

Healing the Earth one yard at a time. For more than 25 years, this donor-funded program has provided grants ranging from $100 to $500 for native plant gardens and landscaping projects throughout the United States. The funds are designated for acquiring native plants and seeds for outdoor learning areas that engage youth (preschool to high school) directly in planning, planting and caring for native plant gardens.

Note: Applications for the 2023 planting season are now closed. Visit their website to learn about their 2024 grants.

Joe Baltrukonis

RCMG Volunteer

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