Community Seed Grants


  • Seed Grants are offered to organizations operating in our area of focus: the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. This region generally includes Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, parts of Texas, southern California, Nevada, and northwest Mexico. For applicants in Mexico, further details around international transportation will have to be worked out. Our seeds are best adapted to this region and are most meaningful to the people who have inhabited, or whose descendants continue to inhabit, this region. (If you are from a Native community in an arid place outside of this area, please contact us.)
  • Grants are open to organizations working on educational, food security, or community development projects. 
  • Priority is given to projects that will clearly benefit underprivileged groups
  • Seed Grants are not available to individuals
  • Note: Native American Individuals living in the Southwest or belonging to tribes in the region are automatically eligible for free seeds under our Native American Seed Request, and can apply here>>

Examples of successful seed grants include school gardens or other educational gardens, therapy and rehabilitation gardens, and community-operated food security gardens.


  • An organization may request up to thirty (30) standard seed packets with no more than three (3) packets of a single variety 
  • Exceptions may be made under special circumstances, but quantities may still be limited if demand is high.
  • Choose from available food seeds here>> 
  • Choose from available wildflower seeds here>> (*Only wildflowers with codes beginning with "WF" are included. Codes beginning with "WRA", "WRB", and "BR" are not included.)
  • If your project is serving a Native community, you can select Native Access seeds here>>
  • Substitutions may be made by NS/S if availability of requested seeds is limited
  • Donated seeds are from the current year's catalog stock and are guaranteed to meet minimum state and federal germination requirements for commercially sold seeds
  • Not Included: Seed Buckets, Seed Collections, Seed Saving materials


  • Seeds donated through this program will not be sold
  • All reasonable attempts will be made to save viable seeds from the grant project to distribute to individuals or organizations in need
  • A brief report on the outcome of the project, including photographs (if possible) and information about how the seeds fared, will be sent to NS/S upon project completion. Report guidelines will be emailed with a report deadline reminder.
  • Information about how the seeds are used may be included in NS/S publications. Grantees may be highlighted in the NS/S newsletter, The Seedhead News, or online including the NS/S website as well as NS/S social media.


Apply online here>>>

Download PDF, print and mail in here>>

Download Spanish version PDF, print and mail in here>>

Those who have incomplete applications will be notified via email and their application will be deleted allowing the applicant to make corrections.



"Thanks to the seeds you donated, we were able to plant a large garden with children from our neighborhood outreach sites in the inner city Albuquerque area as well as here in the South Valley. For many of the children and some of the adults involved, this was their first experience with gardening and growing their own food, as well as seed saving. We have already harvested some of our plants, and are collecting enough seeds to start our very own seed bank. - James Landry, Operations Director, Mission ABQ

 "For many students, this was the first time trying vegetables such as kale and radishes!  In addition to the school age folks, 8 University of Arizona School and Community Garden Interns learned about planting seeds and growing food along side the students.  The total number of people impacted by this project was at least 435 people including students and adults that worked in the garden and enjoyed in its bounty. This Native Seed Search seed grant helped bring our garden back to life." - Borton Elementry School

NS/S is pleased to offer small donations of our seeds to eligible organizations in the Greater Southwest region. The grants are designed to support the work of educators and those working to enhance the lives of underprivileged groups in the region, while simultaneously keeping locally-adapted crop varieties alive and in active use in farms and gardens.