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Children's Hospital group offering grants for new, existing school gardens

4/29/2014 at 2:45 p.m.

From the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute:

The mission of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program (COPRP) of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute is to address childhood obesity prevention through a coordinated community-based approach targeting modifiable individual risk behaviors, environmental risk factors, and state and national risk reduction policies. Our approach is focused on food systems and sustainable agriculture strategies, including school and community gardens and farm-to-school programming.

Since 2010, the COPRP has funded 10 school gardens around the state. With funding from a variety of external sources, the COPRP will release an annual request for applications (RFA) for new school garden awards and supplemental awards for existing school gardens funded originally through the COPRP. This year, the School Garden Award Program is sponsored through partnership funding from Bank of America and The Charles Preston Winters Foundation. 

Supplemental School Garden Awards will range from $500-$2000 each to schools that have previously receiving funding from COPRP. For a list of eligible schools, visit this link. New School Garden Awards will be made in the amount of $7,000 each to schools that do not currently have an existing fruit and vegetable garden, but wish to build one. For a list of eligibility requirements for these awards, please visit this link.

Application Deadline is June 1, 2014. More information is available at

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