Farm to School Grant Program

Last Modified: 11/14/2014

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.

Planning grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations.

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

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 school districts or schools to further develop existing farm to school initiatives and to provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.

Conference/Event grants are open to all interested parties. They are intended to support conferences, events and trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains, or conferences, events and trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education and integration of agriculture‐based curriculum.

Planning awards range from $20,000 - $45,000 and a 25% match of the total project cost is required. Implementation and support service awards range from $65,000 - $100,000 and a 25% match of the total project cost is required. Conference and event awards range from $15,000 - $50,000 and there is no match requirement.

Available Farm to School Grant Program Funding

The application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Farm to School Grant Program has now closed. USDA expects to make award announcements in November 2014. The request for application (RFA) for FY2016 funding is scheduled to be released in February 2015. Click here to view an achived copy of the FY2015 RFA.

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.

Grant Awards

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. Click here to read about funded projects.

Contact Us

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