Applications for the National Gardening Association 2012-13 Garden Grant cycle are open online at www.kidsgardening.org. Three garden grants have launched, with additional grants coming soon. The Youth Garden Grant Program for start-up and established gardens, funded by The Home Depot, will distribute 100 awards from $500 to $1,000 in 2013. Mantis Awards, supported by the Schiller Grounds Co., target all ages and will give 25 awards of equipment in the spring. Subaru Healthy Sprouts Awards is focused on educating children about nutrition, hunger and environmental concepts through gardening. Fifty youth programs will receive $600 in funding.
NSTA ExploraVision, the world's largest kindergarten through 12th science and technology competition, is accepting entries through Jan. 31. Underwritten by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, ExploraVision challenges students to work in small teams to research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing technologies that could exist in 20 years. This year, the program aligns more closely with the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education. Visit www.exploravision.org.