Funding Opportunity: Farm to School Grants
The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released their Request for Applications for $10 million in Farm to School (F2S) grants to create and strengthen F2S programs for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 (October 1, 2021–September 30, 2022). The USDA plans to select approximately 150 eligible entities (on a competitive basis) with awards ranging between $20,000 and $100,000.
Applications are due January 8, 2021.
Eligible entities include eligible schools, state and local agencies, Indian Tribal Organizations, small to medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small to medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations. New for FFY 2021, institutions operating the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program at non-school based sites are included in the definition of eligible schools and may apply for funding.
F2S Grant Tracks
Applicants must select one of three tracks below:
- Implementation grants ($50,000–$100,000) are to help schools or school districts expand or further develop existing F2S initiatives.
- Turnkey grants (formerly planning grants) ($20,000–$50,000) are for schools or districts just getting started on F2S activities and simplifies the process for applicants interested in choosing from four projects: (1) Action Planning, (2) Agricultural Education Curriculum, (3) Edible Garden, and (4) Producer Focused Training.
- State agency grants ($50,000–$100,000) are intended to increase the amount of local food served in eligible schools by funding state agencies to support and grow F2S efforts in their states.
USDA will give priority to the following:
- Applications from tribal organizations and entities serving native communities
- Applications from small to medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small to medium-sized producers
- Projects that serve a high proportion of children (at least 40% or more) who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals
- Projects located in or targeting Opportunity Zones
In selecting awards, USDA will seek to ensure geographical diversity and equitable treatment of urban, rural, and tribal communities.
Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through the Grants web page .
- USDA Farm to School Grant Applicant Resources web page
includes tips for getting started, preparing a grant application, and sample application materials
- CDE Farm to Child Nutrition Program web page includes F2S trainings, resources, additional funding opportunities, information for finding farmers and farmers’ markets, policies, and compliance
If you have questions regarding the USDA F2S grant opportunity, please contact the USDA F2S by email at email@example.com.