Maple Avenue Market Farm co-owner teaching students about local and interesting varieties of produce. Photo credit: USDA.
The Farm to School Grant Program provides grants on a competitive basis to increase local food procurement for school meal programs and expand educational agriculture and gardening activities. These grants can be used for training and technical assistance, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.
For fiscal year (FY) 2018, USDA is making $5 million available in competitive grants. This year’s Request for Proposals (RFP) invites applicants to apply for one of three different types of grant categories:
- Implementation grants enable schools or school districts to expand or further develop existing farm to school programs. Implementation awards range from $50,000 – $100,000.
- Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities. Planning awards range from $20,000 – $50,000.
- Training grants are intended for eligible entities to support trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains, or trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and/or integration of agriculture‐based curriculum.Training awards range from $20,000 – $50,000.
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