Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program

Wild Ones

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Grant amount: US $150 - US $500

Anticipated deadline: Oct 15, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Fund

Since 1977, Wild Ones members have been working with schools and nature centers to grow natural landscapes at these centers of learning. Annual grants from the Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Fund are one way we foster such projects. Lorrie Otto, the inspirational leader for Wild Ones, is widely acknowledged as the heart of the natural landscape movement.

Eligible Projects

Project goals should focus on developing an appreciation for nature using native plants and natural landscapes. Projects must emphasize involvement by students and volunteers in all phases of development and must increase the site's educational value. Creativity in design is encouraged and must show complete and thoughtful planning. Use of, and teaching about, native plants and the native plant community is mandatory, and native plants selected must be appropriate to the local ecoregion and site conditions (soil, water, sunlight).

The USDA Plant Database helps to verify if particular native species have been recorded for your county.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • Design and restore a native plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland in an educational outdoor site.
  • Develop and maintain an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities.
  • Establish a pollinator habitat garden and citizen science activity.
  • Develop a wetland area or rain garden to study the effect of native vegetation on water quality

Eligible Costs

SFE awards up to $500 each are for purchasing appropriate native plants and seed for the grant award year.

Project budgets must show how monies will be spent. Successful grants may be eligible for partnership with SFE native plant nursery partners for discounts on seed, plants, etc.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Entities that may apply for funding are U.S. schools, nature centers, and other non-profit places of learning from preschool through high school, including houses of worship.
  • SFE projects must have a designated and sustainable site and have developed the project at a local level with community volunteer support.
  • Proposed projects must be learner-based, hands-on, and incorporate ecological concepts.
  • The Project Coordinator needs to be both knowledgeable and directly involved in project implementation.