Katie's Krops is accepting applications from youth between the ages of 9 and 16 for grants to start a Katie's Krops vegetable garden in their community with the purpose of donating the whole harvest to people in need.
Selected applicants will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area (up to $500), support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. In addition to grant materials, winners will be eligible to attend the all-expenses-paid Katie's Krops Summer Camp in Pelion, South Carolina. All grantees that fulfill thel grant requirements also are eligible for funds to maintain the garden, year after year, thereby creating a sustainable solution to hunger in their community.
Katie's Krops grant recipients are required to start and maintain a vegetable garden for a minimum of one planting season. All types of vegetable gardens (e.g., a container garden if the applicant lives in a city or a vegetable garden located in a neighborhood or at a school) will be considered. (Grantees decide where the garden will be grown.) Grant recipients also determine where they will donate their harvest, which is based on needs in their community. For example, the harvest can be used to support classmates in need, homeless shelters, food banks, or neighbors in need.
Grant recipients must donate the entire harvest from the garden to people in need in their community. This may be done through direct donations to families in need or by donating the harvest to soup kitchens or organizations that feed the needy. In addition, grantees are required to submit photos and a brief report on their progress, which includes the amount of produce they have grown, volunteers who have helped, donations made, and what they have learned from their experience.
See the Katie’s Krops website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.