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Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.522
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jun 4, 2019

For programmatic or technical questions:

Dr. Jane Clary Loveless

Dr. Pascale Jean

For grants management or budget questions:

Susan Bowman

Adriene Woodin


The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program provides grants to develop and expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives within a distinct service area with the overall goal of increasing access to school meals for low-income children while also improving food quality.

Activities may include:

  • Expanding farm to school programs beyond lunch to bring local or regional products into the school breakfast program
  • Operating service projects that support farm to school initiatives in schools
  • Readying producers to participate in the school food market by providing training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and other food safety-related topics
  • Providing technical support in the form of face-to-face trainings, consultations, and webinars
  • Establishing new or strengthening existing community partnerships
  • Encouraging increased consumption of fruits and vegetables through promotional activities, taste tests, and other activities
  • Expanding experiential or agriculture-based learning opportunities, such as the creation of school gardens, support to ag/food clubs, or increased exposure to on-farm activities
  • Developing and evaluating integrated curriculum to reinforce food and nutrition-based learning throughout the school environment

Preference will be given to applicants that:

  • Demonstrate a proven track record in carrying out grant-related activities
  • Work in underserved rural and urban communities
  • Teach and engage children in experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, nutrition, cooking, and where food comes from
  • Facilitate a connection between elementary schools and secondary schools and agricultural producers in the local and regional area

Eligible applicants include:

  • State agricultural experiment stations
  • Colleges and universities
  • University research foundations
  • Other research institutions and organizations
  • Federal agencies
  • National laboratories
  • Private organizations, foundations, and corporations
  • Individuals
  • Any group consisting of 2 or more entities listed above
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $225,000
Award floor: $150,000
Project period: Up to 2 years
Estimated total program funding: $8,694,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Tagged as
Children and youth · Farmers and farmworkers · Food security and nutrition · Networking and collaboration · Poverty · Schools

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