Homeschool Competitive Grant Program

Bear Ketchum's foot and some ashes, representing the carbon impact of off-season and non-local produce.

Growing things with kids is good for the kids and good for the planet.

We’re pleased to announce our Grant Program specifically for homeschool families and Cooperatives. The beginning of each month, we will contact a winner from the previous month’s applicants.

Applications will be judged on the basis of educational impact, scientific rigor and scope, cost, and feasibility. Grants do not have to involve seed balls.

The following  materials are available for grant winners.

  • Seed Balls
  • Guerrilla Droppings
  • Seed Ball Matrix
  • Red Clay Powder
  • Wildflower seeds native to your area
  • Herb and Vegetable Seeds
  • Coco coir
  • Kokedama soil
  • Azomite micronutrients
  • Biochar

If you have questions, please email Dr. Blake Ketchum at

To Apply

The application is simple.

Copy and paste the following into an email to:

Contact Name:
Contact email:
Is this a Homeschool or a Co-Op?
Location zip code:
Number of students:
Age range of students:
Supplies requested:
Science Goals:
Step-wise description of the activity:
How will students document the activity?
Start Date:


You may apply each month, but if you win, you must wait 6 months before re-applying. Continental US only.


  1. Wondering, if we are an educational Non Profit, that provides school garden education to:
    home school classes,
    public schools
    community gardens,
    would we qualify for the grant,
    Thank you much
    Laurie Niles

  2. Name: Momi Subiono
    Is this a Homeschool or coop? Homeschool
    Location zip code: 96704
    Number of students 25
    Age: 9-16
    Supplies needed: Red clay powder, herb and veggie seeds, biochar, kokedama soil, coco coir, and azomite micronutrients.
    Science goals: Our scientific goal is to plant native and endangered plants to mitigate deforestation and a disease.

    Step wise description of the activity: A disease is attacking our native ohi’a trees. This project includes partnering homeschoolers with a public charter school instilling community teamwork. The project includes gathering native and endangered seeds from homeschool site a s well as other private lands. We will be cultivating, harvesting and drying the seeds, making seed balls to cast out into areas where the seeds will regrow in their natural environment. Our hypothesis is planting native trees and shrubs which will deter the diseases through integrating biodiversity of native plants and companion planting. In addition, we will also plant vegetable and herbs to share at a free community fruit stand promoting island self reliance while educating about protecting our native forests and coastline.
    The food seeds will educate students to care for themselves and the environment giving the students a sense of pride and honor.
    How will students document activities? They will document through pictures and journals.

    Project start date: January 2017

    • Hello, I just saw this. Find the email address on the webpage for homeschool grants, submit your application there so we can see it where we usually look!
      Dr. Blake Ketchum

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