September 17, 2016 @ 5:45 PM

On September 13, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Office of Community Food Systems released a request for applications (RFA) for up to $5 million in grant funds.

Since 2012, the Farm to School Grant Program, administered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has provided $5 million in grants each year on a competitive basis to schools, nonprofits, state and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to increase local food procurement for school meal programs and to expand educational activities on agriculture and food.

This year’s announcement invites proposals for the funding available for fiscal year 2017. Four different types of grant categories are available for this latest round of F2S funding available:

  • Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities
  • Implementation grants enable schools or school districts to expand or further develop existing farm to school programs
  • Support service grants allow community partners such as non-profit entities, Indian tribal nations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers to provide support to schools in their efforts to bring local products into the cafeteria and for other farm to school activities
  • Training grants are intended for eligible entities to support trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains, or trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and/or integration of agriculture‐based curriculum.

For more information see http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/farm-to-school-rfa/.