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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm to School Grant Program

Deadline: April 30, 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. USDA is soliciting applications for:

  1. Planning grants: Grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations.
  1. Implementation grants: Grants are intended for school districts or schools to help scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
  1. Support Service grants: Grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with school districts or schools to further develop existing farm to school initiatives and to provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.

Note: The USDA is also offering Conference/Event grants under the same notice of funding, but with a due date of April 2, 2014. See: https://www.thegrantplantnm.com/grant-detail/u-s-department-of-agriculture-farm-to-school-grant-program-conferenceevents/

Amount: Planning grant amounts are to be a minimum of $20,000 and shall not exceed $45,000. Implementation and Support Service grant amounts are to be a minimum of $65,000 and shall not exceed $100,000. A 25% cost share is required.

Eligibility: Eligible schools (schools that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program); State and local agencies; Indian tribal organizations; Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; and non‐profit entities.

Link: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fy-2015-farm-school-grant-program-funds-available

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