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USDA is Now Accepting Applications for FY 2017 Farm to School Grants

The United States Department of Agriculture is excited to announce the FY 2017 Request for Applications (RFA) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov is now available. For more information, please see the RFA on the USDA Farm to School Grants website Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov, along with an updated FAQ, information on past grant projects, and more.

About the Farm to School Grant Program

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 up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

Support Service grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with schools or school districts to further develop and provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.

Implementation grants are intended to help schools or school districts scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.

Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities and are intended to help these entities organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by embedding known best practices into early design considerations.

Training grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of 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.

Planning awards range from $20,000 - $45,000; implementation and support service awards range from $65,000 - $100,000; training awards range from $15,000 - $50,000. Matching funds of 25% are required for all four grant types.

Key Dates:

  • October 6, 2016: USDA will host a webinar at 1:00 pm EST for Tribal organizations and those interested in partnering with Tribal organizations. Click here to register
  • December 8, 2016: FY 2017 Farm to School Grant Program applications are due in grants.gov by 11:59 pm EST
  • May 2017: Announce awards