Julia Rappaport Growing Gardeners Fund

The American Horticultural Society is pleased to offer a grant program for youth garden funding. The Julia Rappaport Growing Gardeners Fund provides $1,000 – $2,000 annually to one educator to start or expand a garden or gardening science project at their school or community. The grant is intended to increase access to hands-on gardening and gardening science for youth and to foster a lifelong passion for gardening, the natural world, and horticulture in children from all backgrounds.

Grant applicants are asked to share details of their proposed project, including objectives, plans, timeline, staff, and budget, as well as the anticipated impact on youth. The window to apply for a grant is open until May 10, 2024.                                          

The grant recipient will be announced at the annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in July; however, applicants do not need to attend the symposium to apply for and receive grant funding.

This grant is supported by a donation from Thomas Byrd and Valerie Rappaport and their family in honor of Valerie’s mother, Julie Rappaport, a former AHS board member and long-time member of AHS, who loved gardening, science, and education.