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Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Fund Grant

Grants to USA Schools, Nonprofits, and
Churches for Nature Education Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Wild Ones

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 Midnight in your local time zone


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Grants ranging from $100 to $500 to USA schools, nonprofit places of learning, churches, and nature centers for projects that promote an appreciation of nature by using or developing natural landscapes and native plants. Funding is intended to support outdoor learning areas that engage children - preschool to high school - who will participate directly in the planning, planting, and care of the native plant gardens. Grant funds will cover the costs of native plants and seeds.

Project goals should focus on developing an awareness for nature by growing native plants in a garden or landscape. Projects must be hands-on, emphasize involvement by students and volunteers in most phases of development, and increase the site's educational value. The design must show complete and thoughtful planning. Use of, and teaching about, native plants and the native plant community is mandatory. The native plants selected, must be appropriate to the applicant’s local EcoRegion and site conditions (soil, water, sunlight). To determine your EcoRegion use Level III or IV here:

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • Restore a native habitat in an outdoor learning site such as prairie, woodland, or wetland.
  • Develop and maintain  a nature trail at a public library landscaped with native plants.
  • Establish a pollinator habitat garden  then engage students in citizen science activities
  • Install a rain garden to study the effects of native vegetation on local water quality.
  • Age appropriate gardens: Preschool Sensory and Color Trail; Middle School Courtyard: Bee and Pollinator Watch.

SFE projects must have a designated and sustainable site. The grant project should be developed locally with community volunteer support. The Project Coordinator needs to be both knowledgeable and directly involved in project implementation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152640

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cash awards range from $100 to $500.

Successful grants may receive discounts on seed, and plants through Wild Ones native plant nursery partners. The grant project coordinator will also receive a complimentary Wild Ones one-year membership and the electronic quarterly, the “Wild Ones Journal.”

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is for U.S. schools, nature centers, public and non-profit places of learning serving - preschool through high school - including houses of worship.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are available in July of each year, with a deadline of midnight, October 15. Awards are made the following February, in time for the planting season.

-Midnight, October 15th: Submit completed proposal.
-Mid January 2020: Eligible grants are scored by the Wild Ones judging team. Recommendations are made for funding.
-Mid February: Email notification will be made to all applicants. Award letters and funding for successful SFE applicants will follow.
-February 15 one year after award of grant: Submission of final report from grant recipients.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application should be emailed to

If you have any questions, email or call 920-730-3986.

Wild Ones
2285 Butte des Morts Beach Road
Neenah, WI 54956

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