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School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants

FNS awarded four cooperative agreements to Boise State University, Chef Ann Foundation, Full Plates Full Potential, and Illinois Public Health Institute to support the development and implementation of the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants. The sub-grants will support collaborative projects between school districts, food producers, suppliers, distributors, and/or community partners to stimulate the creation of a resilient, equitable, and nutritious school food system.

Awardees

Center for School and Community Partnerships at Boise State University

The Center for School and Community Partnerships at Boise State University’s Request for Applications for the Supporting Community Agriculture and Local Education Systems Sub-Grants (SCALES) is now open. SCALES will award up to 35 rural School Food Authorities (SFA) across the nation. Grant awards will be up to $150,000. SCALES will work with SFA directors over a two-year period to build partnerships for innovative solutions to increase local procurement in school meal programs. More information on this grant opportunity is available at https://projectscales.com/.

Important Dates

Application Opens:Nov. 27, 2023
Application Closes:Jan. 26, 2024
Recorded Webinars:English and Spanish
Award Date:March 2024

Chef Ann Foundation

Chef Ann Foundation’s Request for Applications for Partnerships for Local Agriculture & Nutrition Transformation in Schools (PLANTS) Sub-Grants is now open. PLANTS will fund eight collaborative projects led by groups of local partners advancing systemic and equity-driven approaches to transforming school food supply chains. Grant awards will be between $500,000 and $600,000. Entities eligible to apply include school food authorities, food producers, food distributors and aggregators, nonprofits, and local government agencies. More information on this grant opportunity is available at https://www.thelunchbox.org/fresh-food-initiatives/apply-for-a-grant/plants-grant/.

Important Dates

Application Opens:Nov. 27, 2023
Application Closes:Jan. 22, 2024
Informational Webinar:Nov. 29, 2023
Recorded Webinars:English
Spanish
Award Date:March 2024

Full Plates Full Potential

Full Plates Full Potential will be releasing two Request for Applications in February 2024. Stay tuned for updates on these exciting grant opportunities!


Illinois Public Health Institute

The Illinois Public Health Institute and the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub’s first round of Requests for Applications  opens on February 1, 2024. Two award types will be available to eligible applicants in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Spark Awards will fund short-term projects  between $10,000 and $75,000. Innovation Collaborative Awards will fund projects that promote systems-level change of the school food system and marketplace up to $250,000. More information on these grant opportunities are available at https://innovateschoolfood.org/.

Important Dates

Application Opens:Feb. 1, 2024
Application Closes:Apr. 30, 2024
Pre-Launch Webinar:Jan. 24, 2024 
English: 11:00 am EST (Register)
Spanish: 12:00pm EST (Register)
Grant Writing Webinar:Recording available Feb. 1, 2024
Informational Webinar:Feb. 14, 2024
Award Date:June 30, 2024
Page updated: January 10, 2024