In this funding cycle, USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. We also anticipate executing up to $500,000 in grants to support farm to school conferences, trainings, and like events.
Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant or Support Service grant. Planning grants are expected to range from $20,000 - $45,000 and implementation grants and support service grants are expected to range from $65,000 - $100,000. It is estimated that planning grants will represent approximately 25 percent of the total grant funding awarded in this RFA, while implementation and support service grants are expected to represent approximately 75 percent.