Seeds for Education

Is your school or community center located in the Chattanooga metropolitan area and would you like to:

  • Attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators to your schoolyard with wildflowers and native grasses.
  • Add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology and earth science.
  • Expose students to healthy, outdoor physical activity.
  • Reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management; enhance sustainability and green-school certification.

Teachers and students across the United States are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards and public community spaces with butterfly gardens and other pollinator habitats. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.

By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, participants learn valuable life skills, including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come.

We offer assistance for all aspects of such projects. Cash grants of up to $750 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. We can help you locate experts and information in the Chattanooga.  Go to our SFE Criteria page to read how we will evaluation an application.  All SFE grant applications must show adherence to the CHAPP principles (see The Basics).

Awards are given twice a year.  For awards in spring, applications are due March 15.  For fall awards, applications are due September 15.   We ask that applications provide a written description of the proposed project, a schematic, plant list, and specifically address the SFE Criteria.   Please carefully read all the pages in this section, including the SFE Cover LetterSFE Application requirements and then contact us if you have any questions.