Kitchen Garden Kickstart Grants are back!

Monday, February 12, 2024

[ EDIT: The Kickstart Kitchen Garden Grants have now closed! Find out about our Start Small, Dream Big Grants. ]

Since 2019, the Kitchen Garden Kickstart Grants have provided much-needed funding to under-resourced schools across Australia. Generously funded by our partner General Mills, the Kickstart Grants have supported 36 Australian schools, empowering 9,309 students to grow, harvest, prepare and share.

These grants are designed to enable schools to kickstart a successful and sustainable Kitchen Garden Program. Schools receive a $5000 grant, membership to the Kitchen Garden Program, which includes support from our experienced team who are available for personalised advice and expertise to bring each kitchen garden dream to life.

Grant funds support the purchase of key infrastructure and are often spent on items such as garden beds, ovens, accessible work top benches, greenhouses and outdoor learning spaces. 

“The Program has been instrumental in supporting our students with nurturing an understanding of food, nutrition, sustainable practices, and the philosophy that food should be pleasurable. The positive impact on students' knowledge, engagement, wellbeing, and their appreciation for the joy of food, as advocated by Stephanie Alexander, has been remarkable.”

Dungog High School, NSW (2023 Kickstart Grant recipient)


Past winner Coopernook Primary School

Past Kitchen Garden Kickstart Grant winner Coopernook Primary School, NSW

Highlights from 2023 Kickstart Grants

Kickstart Grants have sparked creative solutions to assist schools of all shapes and sizes to deliver a tailored Kitchen Garden Program that impacts young people and their community.


  • Telegraph Point’s Kitchen Garden Program has encouraged student pride and identity in a flood-affected community.
  • Tagai State school on Masig Island have sustainably cultivated soil, enabling students to learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share local food on a remote coral island.
  • Students can now engage and emotionally regulate in their kitchen garden at a large High School in Dungog, NSW. 
  • An accessible ramp has been built at Atherton State High School, QLD so all students can access the greenhouse and engage in garden classes.
  • There is a new garden for students at  Ampilatwatja School, in remote Northern Territory – whose closest nursery is a 5 ½ hour drive away!
  • A Greenhouse has been built at frost prone Eastside Lutheran College, TAS, so students can enjoy the Program all year round. 


2024 Kickstart Grants are now open! Make this the year your school and community receive a boost to start your Kitchen Garden Program. 

For any questions or to run ideas by our team, please reach out to

[ EDIT: The Kickstart Kitchen Garden Grants have now closed! Find out about our Start Small, Dream Big Grants. ]

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