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2019 Farm to School Grant Program

The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants.

Applicants should carefully review the RFA, including grant eligibility requirements, found in sections 3.0 through 3.3 of the RFA. More information can be found in the Farm to School Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guidance Document. OCFS will also conduct webinars with important information regarding how to prepare a complete and competitive grant application. Recordings of these webinars will also be made available online for those who cannot participate in person. All of these resources can be found on the Grant Applicant Resources page.

The following grant tracks are available in FY 2019:

Implementation grants are intended to help schools, school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with schools or school districts to scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives. Implementation awards range from $50,000 – $100,000.

Planning grants are intended for schools or school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with schools or school districts that are just getting started on farm to school activities. These funds are intended to help these entities organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by embedding known best practices into early design considerations. Planning awards range from $20,000 – $50,000.

Training grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit 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.

Eligibility: Pre-K-12 School Food Authorities (SFAs), non-profit private schools, charter schools, Indian tribal schools, and others which participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs.

Award: Ranging $20,000-100,000

Deadline: December 4, 2018

Contact: Carla.Garcia@usda.gov

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