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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
Dec 13, 2019
Contact

Dawn Addison Hawkins
dawn.addison@usda.gov
703.305.2450
farmtoschool@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 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. Planning 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 2020 grant cycle include:

  • Applications from tribal organizations and entities serving native communities
  • Projects that serve a high proportion of children (at least 40% or more) who are eligible for free or reduced price meals
  • Projects located in or targeting Opportunity Zones

In selecting awards, USDA will seek to ensure geographical diversity and equitable treatment of urban, rural, and tribal communities.

Resources:

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from:

  • State and local agencies
  • Tribal organizations
  • Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers
  • Nonprofit entities
  • Eligible schools and school districts

Eligible schools are defined as pre‐K‐12 School Food Authorities (SFAs), non‐profit private schools, charter schools, Indian tribal schools, and others that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide
Amount of funding

Award amounts:

  • Implementation grants: $50,000 - $100,000
  • Planning grants: $20,000 - $50,000
  • State agency grants: $50,000 - $100,000

Expected Number of Awards: 275

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.

Applicant webinar
October 23, 2019
3:00 p.m. Eastern
Instructions will be posted on the Resources for Applicants page.

Tagged as
Children and youth · Food security and nutrition · Schools



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