USDA Announces Availability of $5 Million in Farm to School Grants

2000px-US-DeptOfAgriculture-Seal2.svgThe Agriculture Dept. (USDA) launches the $5 million  2017 Farm-to-School Grant Program (CFDA Number: 10.575) (Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-FNS-F2S-2017) to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs and get healthy, locally grown food into school cafeterias.

Deadline: Dec. 8.

“Bringing the bounty of America’s farms into schools and onto breakfast and lunch trays is one of the best ways we can ensure students are receiving nutritious and delicious meals at school,” said Kevin Concannon, USDA under secretary for Food Nutrition and Consumer Services. “Supporting these programs through the annual Farm to School Grants is a win-win for America’s schools, farmers, producers, communities, and children.”

Eligibility: Governments, schools, colleges, farmers and nonprofits; Funding: $5 million in 75 awards (a 25% match is required).

Farm to school programs help form healthy habits and support local economies, Concannon said. The local foods offered through farm to school programs help school meal programs fulfill the updated school nutrition standards with appealing and diverse offerings.

According to the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census, schools with robust farm to school programs report reductions in food waste, higher school meal participation rates, and increased willingness of the students to try new foods, notably fruits and vegetables. In addition, in school year 2013-2014 alone, schools purchased more than $789 million in local food from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers.

USDA’s Farm to School Grants  may be used for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

The Farm to School Grant Program was authorized in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. To date, USDA has funded 300 projects in all 50 states, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its inception in FY 2013, more than $20 million has been awarded through the Farm to School Grant Program. This year, awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 will be distributed in four different grant categories: planning, implementation, support service, and training.  

Awards

DoEd will distribute: 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.

Info: https://goo.gl/nDoVXD (NOFA); farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov, or 202/720-0092 for questions about this funding opportunity.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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