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Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: May 3, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


Awards grants to enhance or expand existing farm to school initiatives and other experiential learning initiatives related to food and agriculture, especially in underserved areas. Promotes engagement between parts of the food system, farms, and schools in order to increase understanding of agriculture and improve children's nutritional health. Aims to increase low-income children's access to school meals, while improving the quality of food served in schools.

Learning activities may include:

  • Expanding farm to school programs beyond lunch to bring local or regional products into a school breakfast program
  • Operating service projects that support farm to school initiatives
  • Readying producers to participate in the school food market by providing training on good agricultural practices (GAP) and other food-safety topics
  • Providing technical support through face-to-face trainings, consultations, and webinars
  • Developing promotional campaigns for farm to school initiatives
  • Expanding strategic planning efforts across multiple districts
  • Conducting farm to school evaluations
  • Establishing new community partnerships or strengthening existing partnerships
  • Encouraging children to eat more fruits and vegetables through promotional activities, such as taste tests
  • Expanding experiential or agriculture-based learning opportunities, such as creating school gardens, supporting agriculture/food clubs, or exposing students to on-farm activities
  • Developing and evaluating integrated curriculum to reinforce food and nutrition-based learning throughout the school environment

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $225,000 per year
Project period: Up to 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 8
Estimated total program funding: $1,920,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

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

Priority will be given to applicants that:

  • Have a proven track record carrying out activities related to this grant
  • 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 and secondary schools with agricultural producers in the local area

Applicants are encouraged to partner with public or private nonprofit or for-profit organizations, including academic institutions, community-based organizations, school districts, local and state government agencies, or other appropriate professionals.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Dr. Lisa Jahns

Ryan Kornegay

Donna Fairhurst

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Schools