Community Food Systems

Resources for Farm to School Grant Program Applicants

Last Published: 11/27/2018

The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant  Request for Applications (RFA) is now available.  In the upcoming FY 2019 grant cycle, USDA anticipates awarding approximately $7.5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools.


If you are interested in applying for the FY 2019 Farm to School Grant, please review the resources below. For additional funding opportunities for farm to school activities, see USDA Grants and Loans that Support Farm to School Activities for more details.


FY 2019 RFA Materials

Farm to School Request for Applications The RFA provides  grant program details, including eligibility and application/submission information.
Frequently Asked Questions The FAQ contains answers to the most common questions from the applicants.


Submitting a Grant Application

Learn about entity eligibility, program priorities, application requirements and how to submit an application on  A copy of the presentation is also available for download: "Submitting a Grant Application Powerpoint"

Developing and Writing a Successful Application

This webinar discusses how to develop an integrated farm to school project, as well as a few tips for writing a competitive grant applciation.  A copy of the presentation is also available for download: "Developing and Writing a Successful Application Powerpoint"

Getting Started

Farm to School Grant Factsheet
  • Provides an at-a-glance description of the Farm to School Grant Program, including short summaries of past projects.
Farm to School Planning Toolkit
  • This comprehensive document describes the key activities to building a strong Farm to School program.
Summary of Grant Awards
  • View press releases and download project descriptions of past Farm to School awardees.

Preparing a Grant Application

SAM Quick Start Registration Guide
  • All applicants are required to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application.  This guide walks through the registration process
Urban/Rural Classification
  • When completing the Farm to School cover sheet (a required grant application form), applicants will need to provide the urban/rural classification code.  This guide explains how to find this information using the National Center for Education Statistics website.
Match Calculator (Excel)
  • Use this spreadsheet to determine the amount of matching funds needed for your proposed grant project.

Sample Application Materials

Sample Budget Narrative
  • A budget narrative is required for grant application submissions.  This document is an example of a complete budget narrative.

Contact Us

For all questions pertaining to the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, please email Farm to School. Subscribe to our E-letter to receive information and updates from USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems.