MSU Extension Awards Mini-Grants To School-Based Gardens In SE Michigan

Clinton Twp., MI - A cohort of dedicated educators are working hard to provide garden-based educational opportunities for their students in southeast Michigan. This spring, these committed garden educators were awarded mini-grants to start, expand or deepen their school garden projects through Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension).
This is the first year that MSU Extension is offering the Southeast Michigan School Garden Mini-Grant Program as a pilot project. The funding to support this project is generously provided by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and will fund two years of school garden mini-grants and support.
Schools and early care and education sites based in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties were eligible to apply for mini-grants ranging between $500 and $1,500 to support their projects. Over 30 applications were submitted during the first competitive grant cycle. Ultimately, 18 schools and early care and education sites across the three counties were funded to support their garden programs. The program has the potential to positively impact the educational environment for 3,959 students ranging in age from 0 – 26. The grantees will receive grant funding, technical assistance and training through MSU Extension throughout the course of their one-year grant.
The following is the full list of Southeast Michigan School Garden Mini-Grant Grantees:
  • ABCs & 123s Home Daycare, Macomb County
  • A&W Daycare, Wayne County
  • Brewer Academy, Wayne County
  • Franklin Middle School, Wayne County
  • Grandview Elementary and GSRP, Wayne County
  • Green Garden Child Development Center, Oakland County
  • Independence Elementary, Oakland County
  • LACC Child Care Academy, Wayne County
  • Lamphere High School, Oakland County
  • Lincoln Center, Wayne County
  • Madison School, Wayne County
  • Flynn Transitional Center, Macomb County
  • Mixter Institute for Transition, Wayne County
  • Neil E Reed High School, Macomb County

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) brings educational programs to residents empowering them to improve their lives and community.  County-based MSUE staff, in concert with on-campus faculty members, serve residents with programming focused on agriculture, natural resources, children, youth and families, community and economic development.