Farm to School Grant Program

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Subject: Child Welfare, Youth Welfare, Health, Nutrition, Food Access
Deadline: Dec. 8, 2016

"The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) amended Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) to establish a Farm to School Program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. 

This request for applications (RFA) provides additional details regarding the grants component of the USDA Farm to School Program. Authorizing language in the HHFKA directed the Secretary of Agriculture to award competitive grants for: (i) Training; (ii) Supporting operations; (iii) Planning; (iv) Purchasing equipment; (v) Developing school gardens; (vi) Developing partnerships; and, (vii) Implementing farm to school programs.

The Secretary of Agriculture was also directed through the HHFKA to ensure geographical diversity and equitable treatment of urban, rural, and tribal communities, as well as give the highest priority to funding projects that, as determined by the Secretary – (a) Make local food products available on the menu of the eligible school; (b) Serve a high proportion of children who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches; (c) Incorporate experiential nutrition education activities in curriculum planning that encourage the participation of school children in farm and garden-based activities; (d) Demonstrate collaboration between eligible schools, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, agricultural producer groups, and other community partners; (e) Include adequate and participatory evaluation plans; (f) Demonstrate the potential for long-term program sustainability; and, (g) Meet any other criteria that the Secretary determines appropriate. Authorizing language also states that as a condition of receiving a USDA Farm to School Program Grant, each grant recipient shall provide matching support in the form of cash or in-kind contributions, and agree to cooperate in an evaluation of the program carried out using grant funds.

Grant Tracks: Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of Federal funds, using four grants tracks: 1. Support Service grants are intended for eligible entities working with schools or school districts to further develop and provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives. 2. Implementation grants are intended to help schools or school districts scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives. 3. 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. 4. Training grants are intended for eligible 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."

Funder: Food and Nutrition Service
Eligibility: "The authorizing language specifies the following eligible entities: • Eligible schools; • State and local agencies; • Indian tribal organizations; • Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; and, • Non-profit entities. Support Service Grants: Eligible Entities Only state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities are eligible to receive support service grants. Cooperative Extension Service programs are ineligible to apply for these grant projects. Implementation Grants: Eligible Entities Only pre-K-12 SFAs, non-profit private schools, charter schools, Indian tribal schools, and others that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs, and/or operate USDA’s Summer Food Service Program/Seamless Summer Option or Child and Adult Care Food Program on-site, are eligible to receive implementation grants. Planning Grants: Eligible Entities Only pre-K-12 SFAs, non-profit private schools, charter schools, Indian tribal schools, and others that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs, and/or operate USDA’s Summer Food Service Program/Seamless Summer Option or Child and Adult Care Food Program on-site, are eligible to receive planning grants. Training Grants: Eligible Entities Only state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities are eligible to receive training grant funds. Cooperative Extension Service programs are ineligible to apply for these grant projects."
Amount: Support Service: $65,000 - $100,000 | Implementation: $65,000 - $100,000 | Planning: $20,000 - $45,000 | Training Grants State: $15,000 - $25,000 | Training Grants Regional/National: $25,000 - $50,000.
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