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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