The Tennessee Valley Wild Ones’ Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) grant program will accept online applications from January 1, 2023, through March 15, 2023, for the Spring 2023 planting season! 

Grants of $750 are awarded for acquiring native plants and seeds for outdoor learning areas that engage youth (preschool to high school) directly in planning, planting, and caring for native plant gardens throughout the United States.

Do you know of a local school, after school care program, or community center in need of funding for a native garden or habitat for hands-on learning? If so, please invite them to apply!

Learn more at: 

Seeds for Education Grants – Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones (

Three CHAPP SFE Grants Awarded in 2022

Three Seeds for Education grants were awarded in 2022. These were given to the South Chattanooga Community Center, the Wauhatchie Forest School, and the Howard High School. Mentors were assigned to each program and have been instrumental in getting these gardens started. The mentors are Lisa Pouncey, who has been working with Judy Eaves at South Chattanooga; Laura Emerson for her work with Tarryn Wilson at the Wauhatchie Forest School; and Ann Brown who has just started work with Amy Johnson at the Howard School. Together with other CHAPP members, they hope to build a strong native garden program for the environmental education of students at these facilities.

Fall 2019 SFE grants

The next grant deadline for Seeds for Education grants is fast approaching! Area schools interested in receiving up to $500 to purchase native pollinator host and nectar plants are invited to apply for CHAPP SFE grants that will be awarded in October. The grant application deadline is coming up soon — September 15 — so don’t delay.

Schools that have received grants since the SFE’s inception in 2018 include Hardy Elementary School, Lookout Mountain School, Middle Valley Elementary School and Fairyland Elementary School. Your school could be the next!

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Two SFE Grants Awarded

JANUARY 15, 2019 – The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership steering committee awarded two Seeds for Education grants to schools in the Tennessee Valley area. Middle Valley Elementary School and Lookout Mountain School each were awarded $500 toward purchase of native seeds and plants for their pollinator habitat projects.

Project coordinators Amanda McGown and Claire Calhoun submitted the grant application for Lookout Mountain School and Middle Valley Elementary School respectively. McGown is a Lookout Mountain beekeeper, and will work with LMS teachers and parents to install the pollinator garden in Spring 2019. CHAPP steering committee member Ann Brown provided technical assistance to this grant application and will continue to provide her expertise. Calhoun is a Girls Preparatory School student who designed the Middle Valley Elementary School garden as her senior service project and is assisted by Tennessee Aquarium Lead Horticulturalist Christine Bock Hunt. Both project coordinators aim at breaking ground in Spring 2019.

Seeds for Education grants will be awarded on a semi-annual basis, with grant submission deadlines of March 15 and September 15, with awards going out April 15 and October 15. The application and cover letter explaining the grant can be found on this website at

Congratulations to Amanda McGown and Claire Calhoun — area pollinators will benefit from their volunteerism and the school communities will benefit from the educational opportunities these habitats provide.

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Hardy Elementary School awarded Seeds for Education Grant

The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones have awarded the first Seeds for Education grant to Hardy Elementary School, a Chattanooga public school in the Glass Street neighborhood.

Described in the grant application, Hardy’s 4th and 5th grade students, teachers, parents and community volunteers will convert a grassy area of the school grounds into a pollinator garden, providing a hands-on, experiential education opportunity involving science and art teachers and students. The students will work with Mary Beth Sutton and the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance (TenneSEA) program and will also be involved in the Monarch Watch program and report their findings.

Congratulations, Hardy Elementary School!