FY 2024 Farm to School Grants
The Patrick Leahy Farm to School Grant Program is designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools and help connect students to the sources of their food through education, taste tests, school gardens, field trips, and local food sourcing for school meals. Grants can launch new farm to school programs or expand existing efforts.
The fiscal year (FY) 2024 Farm to School Grant awards projects of 24 months in length for funding up to $500,000. Applicants are required to provide matching support of at least 25 percent of the total project budget in the form of cash or in-kind contributions. The RFA offers three tracks - Implementation, State Agency, and Turnkey - to support a variety of projects and implementation stages.
Eligible applicants may include schools and other institutions that operate child nutrition programs, tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, nonprofit entities, and state and local agencies.
The following are generally eligible entities, which are described in more detail in the request for applications. Please see each track’s eligibility section for track-specific eligibility.
- Eligible schools, including nonprofit private and charter schools, which operate the NSLP and/or SBP;
- Eligible child care institutions, including non-school based institutions that have an agreement with the state agency to operate CACFP;
- Eligible summer sponsors, including non-school based institutions that have an agreement with the state agency to operate SFSP;
- State agencies;
- Local agencies;
- Indian Tribal Organizations;
- Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; and
- Non-profit entities.
For additional information please see the Patrick Leahy Farm to School Grant Program website.