Learning ZoneXpress is in full support of October's Farm to School Month. The National Farm to School Network has some great ideas within their website and news blog including upcoming grants in support of farm to school initiatives. Below are the latest available grants.
1. USDA Farm to School Grant RFA
USDA has released the FY 2017 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications. Up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 will be distributed in four different grant categories: Planning, Implementation, Support Service, and Training. Applications are due by December 8, 2016. On Thursday, September 29, at 1pm EST, USDA will host a webinar to review the RFA and assist eligible entities in preparing proposals. Learn more here.
2. AgEnhancement Grants
Each year, Northeast agricultural credit associations and CoBank award grants ranging from $500-$8,000 to help organizations promote awareness and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products in the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. Applications are due December 1. Learn more here.
3. New York Farm Viability Institute Grants
NYFVI has issued a Request for Proposals that aims to create knowledge that will quickly and directly benefit farmers through work in one of the organization’s five priority areas: improve operational practices, foster industry-wide innovation, incubate new ideas, improve route to market and market practices, and develop people. In 2017, NYFVI will award grants of up to $150,000 for projects lasting between six months and two years. Applications are due November 10. Learn more here.
Have you received a different grant for Farm to School programming? Let us know so we can spotlight your program and encourage others to bring food from their farms into their schools!