Seeds for Education (SFE) Overview

Does your chapter know of a local school, nature center or youth group in need of funding for a native garden or habitat for hands-on learning? If so, please invite them to apply for a Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program (SFE). 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. 

For more than 20 years, this Wild Ones donor-funded program has provided small grants ranging from $100 to $500 for naturally landscaped projects throughout the United States. These funds are designated for native plants and seeds for outdoor learning areas that engage children, preschool to high school. Youth participate directly in the planning, planting, and care of the native plant gardens. 

Local Chapter Support

When there is a local Wild Ones chapter nearby, members are tremendously beneficial as garden advisors encouraging project success through recommendations for appropriate native species, planning and planting. Members may also share time or resources. Members are also welcome to help score grants as volunteer SFE judges. 

Learning Opportunities

SFE projects provide meaningful learning opportunities connecting children to nature and the Wild Ones mission. Examples include a preschool pollinator garden, a rain garden to improve water quality planted by high school students, a tallgrass prairie established by elementary students at a public library, a native plant monarch waystation featuring citizen science activities, and a sensory and natural playground for families at a state park. Non-profits such as nature centers, schools, or religious institutions and governmental agencies may apply for funding, as long as the project uses native plants or seeds to educate youth.

Grant Application

Be sure to follow the instructions below. 

  • Read the introductory letter so you understand the awards process and eligibility requirements.
  • Download this Grant Application Form to your computer and save it before completing the form; if you don’t save it first, your responses will be deleted when you try to submit.
  • Submit the form no later than midnight, October 15 in your local time zone.
  • Complete all required parts of the Grant Application Form. The application will not be able to be submitted if all required questions are not answered; required application questions that have not been answered completely will be disqualified. Required questions are outlined in blue.
  • The application will be considered complete only when all sketches or diagrams as requested in #8 and #9 are submitted via email. After clicking the Submit button, your email program will open a new email message addressed to SFEapplication@wildones.org with this form attached. Attach the files requested in questions #8 and #9 to this same email and send. If you find it necessary to email these files separately, use your Project Name on the subject line along with “SFE Sketches and Diagrams” and email to SFEapplication@wildones.orgNOTE: we ask you to submit only 2 emails per application and limit each attachment to 1MB or less.
  • SFE applications can be accepted in this PDF fill-in form only, and must be submitted through email. An application submitted in any other format will be automatically disqualified.

Program Support

This worthwhile program is only possible due to the active support of Wild Ones members.