Growing Together Mini Grants

Growing Together mini grants help fund materials for Master Gardener volunteer donation garden projects since 2016. Mini Grants can be used to purchase materials like seeds, fencing, and harvest supplies for food pantry donation gardens. See the map of participating Iowa counties. 

Want to apply?

Mini grant applications are due in January.

You can read the 2021 mini grant guidance here and see a sample mini grant application.


In 2021, 32 mini grants were awarded across Iowa. Read the press release announcement.

In 2020, 29 counties received mini grants and donated over 80 thousand pounds of fresh produce. Read the year-end press release here and see the 2020 mini grant highlights here

In 2019, more than $50,000 in grant money was awarded to 22 counties for food security projects. Read the press release here. The mini grantees donated over 115 thousand pounds of produce in 2019; read the press release

Check out the Donation Gardening Toolkit.

Read Success Stories about mini grants here.