For those looking to start a food garden project to benefit a local community, a boost in the form of “seed funding” is available.

Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. The grant is for nonprofit causes or organizations. Past grantees include school gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, library gardens, senior gardens, prison gardens and homeless shelter gardens.

Most grants are around $500 and include projects from coast to coast.

Keep this resource in mind. The application deadline for the 2015 grant cycle is 5 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, January 9, 2015. For more details see