Farm to School Grant Program

Last Published: 08/25/2015

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Farm to School Grant Program! On this page you will find an overview of the program, information about available funding and past awards, resources for current grantees and more.

Overview

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.

Available Farm to School Grant Program Funding

The request for applications (RFA) for FY2016 funding closed May 20, 2015. Please check back for FY2017 funding opportunities.

You can find an archived version of the FY2016 RFA here.

Important FY 2016 Dates:

  • Training Grant Letter of Intent Due: 11:59 PM, Eastern, April 30, 2015
  • Application (Planning, Implementation, Support Service) Submission Due: 11:59 PM, Eastern, May 20, 2015
  • Estimated Award Announcement for All Grant Types: November 2015

Grant Awards to Date

From 'fish to school' projects in Alaska to leafy green gardens in Georgia, USDA funds a variety of project types that reflect the priorities of communities across the country. 

Read about funded projects on our Grant Awards page. 

Other Funding Sources for Farm to School

Click here to view a chart that outlines other USDA programs that support farm to school initiatives. For additional information, please check out the Sustaining Your Program training module.

Contact Us

For all questions pertaining to the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, please contact us via email at farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov. To receive information and updates about USDA’s Farm to School Program, please sign up for our Farm to School E-letter

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