Looking to expand your farm-to-school efforts? Do you know of a local producer who could use funding to support operational changes to better serve schools? Many organizations and government agencies offer grants to help expand farm-to-school.
The USDA's FY17 Farm to School Grants will provide approximately $5 million to support efforts to improve access to local foods in schools. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, Support Service grant or Training grant. Deadline to apply: December 8, 2016. More info
The USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture has a Competitive Grants Program for Community Food Projects (CFP) that support low income individuals' access to local foods. The grants are open to public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities. Deadline to apply: November 30, 2016.
These are just two of the possible grant programs that could support farm-to-school efforts in your district and community. See this fact sheet for various agencies within the USDA that offer grants. The National Farm to School Network also has a list of grant opportunities, including those available through nonprofit organizations.
November 2nd, 2016
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