Community Seed Grants

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. See below for requirements and instructions for applying to this donation program.                                                                       

Application deadline for Spring Planting: December 13, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Click here for --> Online Application



  • Seed Grants are restricted to organizations operating in our area of focus: the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico. 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. 
  • 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 Greater Southwest or belonging to tribes in the region are automatically eligible for free seeds under our Native American Seed Request, (Native American Organizations should apply through the link on this page)

Ochoa Community School garden sign - South Tucson, AZ

(Photo taken at Ochoa Community School in Tucson, AZ)

Examples of successful seed grants include school gardens, demonstration gardens for seed libraries, community therapy or rehabilitation gardens, senior center gardens, and other community oriented gardens.


  • An organization may request up to thirty (30) standard seed packets with no more than three (3) packets of a single non-restricted variety and no more than one (1) packet of a restricted or "member only" variety
  • Exceptions may be made under special circumstances, but quantities may still be limited if demand is high.
  • Refer to our online catalog to select available varieties
  • 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, Non WF coded wildflowers, 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.


Interested parties should fill out this online application.

 Those who have incomplete applications will be notified via email and their application will be deleted allowing the applicant to make corrections. Time limit for correction is the posted application deadline below.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM MST on the following dates:

  • Spring Planting: December 13th, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Summer/Monsoon Planting: May 8th, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Fall/Winter Planting: August 14th, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.