Start Small, Dream Big grants help school students dig into gardening and cooking

The latest grants offer invites educators to experience the unique Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation program in their own school.
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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, the organisation’s community partner, Coles, is offering 20 early childhood services or schools a Start Small, Dream Big grant.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is suitable for schools and early childhood services of all sizes and capabilities. Starting small and dreaming big is at the heart of our philosophy. Children can experience the joys of growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing food – even if they’re just starting out with a few potted herbs and a portable kitchen trolley.

Applications for the grants are open now and close on Friday, 7 June.

What’s on offer?

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Grant recipients will receive $1500 to spend on setting up or expanding your school’s cooking and gardening facilities. This might include purchasing garden beds, adding a compost tumbler, upgrading your cooking facilities or stocking up your pantry.

Plus, each Start Small, Dream Big grant recipient will receive a two-year membership to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (valued at over $1,000). Membership includes:

How to apply

Complete a short online application form and explain how this grant could help you to ‘start small’ in the kitchen or garden – and share what ‘big dreams’ you have for your Kitchen Garden Program.

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Why you should apply

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program has direct links with the Australian curriculum and teaches children and young people how to grow, harvest, prepare, and share fresh and delicious food. 97 per cent of teachers agree that the program is engaging for students and aids learning across other subject areas.

  • Evidence shows that the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program greatly impacts children’s knowledge, confidence, and skills in cooking and gardening.
  • The program supports students with life-long skills in teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.
  • Students understand how to care for themselves and the environment and have increased opportunities to explore the natural environment by having a space to keep fit and feel calm.

For schools that are yet to explore this long-running educational program, the grants can be the ideal entry point to help get started and share a love of sustainable gardening and cooking with their own students.

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