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Farm to School Grant Program

Link

https://www.fns.usda.gov/cfs/farm-school-grant-program

Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grants.gov)

Deadline

Application Deadline: Jan 8, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Purpose

Offers funding and technical assistance to schools and other eligible entities to plan, implement, expand, and maintain farm to school programs. Promotes collaboration between schools, local agricultural producers, and other community partners, with the goal of increasing access to local foods in schools and providing educational opportunities on topics related to local food and nutrition.

Funding is awarded through 3 grant tracks.

  • Turnkey grants are focused on activities to help schools launch a new farm to school program. Applicants may choose one of four Turnkey projects:
    • Farm to school action plan development
    • Agricultural education curriculum development and delivery
    • Edible garden projects
    • USDA farm to school producer training
  • Implementation grants support schools in implementing comprehensive farm to school programming that incorporates new and innovative ideas and/or expands the scope of an existing program.
  • State agency grants support statewide efforts to increase the amount of local food served in eligible schools and facilities participating in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP).

Additional information regarding required program objectives and activities for each funding track can be found in the program guidance on grants.gov under the related documents tab.

Funding priorities in fiscal year (FY) 2021 include:

  • Applications that serve a high proportion of children, at least 40% or more, who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals
  • Applications from Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and entities serving tribal communities
  • Applications from small to medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small to medium-sized producers
  • Projects located in or targeting Opportunity Zones

Amount of Funding

Award amounts for each of the 3 funding tracks are as follows:

  • Turnkey grants: Up to $50,000 per project
  • Implementation grants: $50,000 - $100,000 per project
  • State agency grants: $50,000 - $100,000 per project

Project period: 12 or 24 months
Estimated number of awards: 150
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Up to $25,000 is available for Turnkey grants to state agencies for Producer Training projects.

Applicants must provide matching funds of at least 25% of the total project budget. Matching funds can be cash and/or in-kind contributions and must be from non-federal sources.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • Schools, school districts, and non-school based sites that operate the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs, Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP), and/or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
  • State agencies
  • Local agencies
  • Indian tribal organizations
  • Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers
  • Nonprofit entities

Nonprofit private or charter schools must apply as a school or a school district, regardless of 501(c)(3) status. For-profit institutions participating in CACFP are eligible to apply only for projects implemented for facilities or sites served by CACFP.

Eligibility varies depending on the track through which the applicant is seeking funding. Additional information regarding eligibility for each of the 3 available funding tracks is available in the funding announcement on grants.gov under the related documents tab.

Grantees that received an Implementation or Training grant through the USDA Farm to School Program in fiscal year (FY) 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020 are ineligible for this opportunity. State agencies that received Farm to School grants in FY 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020 are eligible to apply for the State Agency track.

Geographic Coverage

Nationwide

What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement on grants.gov under the related documents tab.

Farm to school planning toolkit
Farm to school grant program overview and how to apply webinar recording
Developing and writing a successful application webinar recording

Contact

For programmatic or technical questions:
Kimberly Shields
kimberly.shields@usda.gov

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards communities received in fiscal year (FY) 2021 are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development in Amana, Iowa received funding to address inequities and lack of representation in the food system by developing a farm-based curriculum targeting students of color in the local school district. The program will give marginalized students hands-on experiences on an organic vegetable farm to train and inspire future leaders in sustainable growing practices.
  • Chenango Health Network, Inc. in Norwich, New York was awarded funding to develop and implement an Edible Gardens project for students at Norwich Middle School. Students will be involved in all aspects of designing and running the garden, including growing, caring, harvesting, and sharing the produce.
  • West Central Missouri Community Action Agency in Appleton City, Missouri used funding to expand the amount of local produce in the Nevada and El Dorado Springs school districts by increasing the number of schools purchasing local food, raising awareness of farm to school in the region, and conducting business plan research for pre-processing foods.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health and Wellness • Schools