The “Keys to the Future” Youth Project Grants Program, with a simple application procedure, is sponsored by the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. for new or existing youth-centered programs. 

All VFGC clubs are encouraged to apply for a one-year grant up to $1000 for the purpose of helping youth realize the rewards and life lessons from gardens and habitats for becoming good stewards of the earth.  The scope of these programs may include benefits to the community, environmental awareness/education, plant-to-food connections, outdoor classroom projects, horticulture education, and the social aspects of gardening. 

In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:

  1. number of youth participating/reached

  2. benefits to the community

  3. environmental awareness/education 

  4. horticulture educational focus or curricular/program integration 

  5. plant-to-food connections 

  6. social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning


Guidelines - WORD or PDF

Application Form - WORD or PDF

For further information contact the Youth Project Grants Chairman 


Crestwood Farms Garden Club partners with other groups to sponsor a Nature Fair and Plant Sale with grant funds.

View Projects Funded by Grants





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