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Farm to School Grant Program

 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.575
Sponsors
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Deadlines
Jan 10, 2022
Contact

Anna Arrowsmith
anna.arrowsmith@usda.gov

Purpose

The Farm to School Grant Program provides funding to plan, establish, and/or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods and nutrition/agriculture resources in schools.

Grants will be made under 3 tracks:

  1. Implementation grants are to help schools or school districts expand or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
  2. Turnkey grants are for schools or districts just getting started on farm to school activities.
  3. State agency grants are intended to increase the amount of local food served in eligible schools by funding state agencies to support and grow farm to school efforts in their states.

Additional funding priorities for the current grant cycle include applications and projects:

  • Operating in and serving eligible schools and sites located in rural areas
  • From tribal organizations and entities serving native communities
  • From eligible applicants where the leader, and/or 80% of the board, and/or 50% of the staff are people of color and the proposed projects are serving communities of color (defined as Black/African American, American Indian,Alaskan native, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and/or Pacific Islander)
  • From small to medium sized agricultural producers or groups of producers
  • That serve a high proportion of children (at least 40% or more) who are eligible for free or reduced price meals
  • Located in or targeting Opportunity Zones

Farm to School Grant Program applicant resource website

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include:

  • Institutions, including schools, school districts that operate the National School Lunch and/or Breakfast Program(s), and non-school based institutions that have an agreement with the state agency to operate the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and/or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
  • State agencies
  • Local agencies
  • Tribal organizations
  • Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers
  • Nonprofit entities
Geographic coverage
Nationwide
Amount of funding

Turnkey Grant (Action plan and edible garden projects):

  • Award ceiling: $50,000
  • Project period: 12 months

Turnkey Grant (Agricultural education curriculum projects and producer training projects):

  • Award ceiling: $50,000
  • Project period: 12 or 24 months

Implementation Grant (Local and single state projects):

  • Award ceiling: $100,000
  • Award floor: $50,000
  • Project period: 12 or 24 months

Implementation Grant (Multi-state or national projects):

  • Award ceiling: $500,000
  • Award floor: $100,000
  • Project period: 24 months

State Agency Grant:

  • Award ceiling: $500,000
  • Award floor: $50,000
  • Project period: 12 or 24 months

Estimated number of awards: 200
Estimated total program funding: $12,000,000

Applicants must provide a 25% non-federal match in the form of cash or in-kind contributions.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through grants.gov. The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.

Webinar: Getting Familiar with the 2022 Request for Applications
(Registration required)
November 8, 2021
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Webinar: Getting Your Farm to School Grant Package Together
(Registration required)
November 9, 2021
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Black or African American · Children and youth · Food security and nutrition · Hispanic or Latino · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · Schools



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