U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm to School Grant Program – Conference/EventsDeadline: April 2, 2014
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. New in FY 2015, USDA will make approximately additional funding available to eligible entities to support conferences, trainings, and events focused on farm to school program development. Conference/Event grants are open to all interested parties. They are intended to support conferences, events and trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains, or conferences, events and trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education and integration of agriculture‐based curriculum.
Note: The USDA is also offering Planning, Implementation, and Support Service grants under the same notice of funding, but with a due date of April 30, 2014. See: https://www.thegrantplantnm.com/grant-detail/u-s-department-of-agriculture-farm-to-school-grant-program/
Amount: Conference/event grants will be a minimum of $15,000 and shall not exceed $50,000. State focused project awards will range from $15,000 to $25,000. Regionally / nationally focused project awards will range from $25,000 to $50,000. A total of $500,000 in program funds will be distributed.
Eligibility: Conference/event grants are available to all interested parties, including but not limited to universities, including cooperative extension; non-profit organizations; state and local agencies; Indian tribal organizations; agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; non-profit entities; and small business or consulting groups.