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Program Supports Local Food in Schools

Eligible Applicants: City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
State governments
Independent school districts
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
County governments
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: The authorizing language specifies the following eligible entities that are described in more detailbelow: Eligible schools and school districts; State agencies; Local agencies; Indian tribal organizations; Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; and Non‐profit entities.Entity type must be clearly indicated and unambiguous in all application materials. If USDA cannot determine the applicant to be an eligible entity based on information contained within theapplication, the applicant may be subject to removal from consideration.Eligible schools are defined as pre‐K‐12 School Food Authorities (SFAs), non‐profit private schools, charter schools, Indian tribal schools, and others that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs. Eligible SFAs may apply for funding that spans the entire SFA, for a specific group of schools (e.g. only K‐5 schools within an SFA), or for an individual school. The school(s) that comprise the primary target audience for or beneficiary of the grant project must participate in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. The application must come from the SFA, and only one application per SFA is allowed.

Additional Information

Agency Name: Food and Nutrition Service

The Richard B. Russell NSLA establishes a Farm to School Program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

To fulfill the farm to school mandate in the NSLA, $5 million is provided to the USDA on an annual basis to support grants, technical assistance, and the Federal administrative costs related to USDA’s Farm to School Program. The USDA Farm to School Grant Program is housed within the FNS OCFS.

Additional funding for the Farm to School Grant Program was made available through the FY 2018 and FY 2019 Agricultural appropriations and, as a result, up to $10 million will be awarded under this solicitation.

Authorizing language in the NSLA directed the Secretary of Agriculture to award competitive grants, designed to improve access to local foods in eligible schools, for activities such as: Training; Supporting operations, Planning, Purchasing equipment, Developing school gardens, Developing partnerships; and, Implementing farm to school programs.

Link to Additional Information: Farm to School website
Grantor Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Dawn Addison Hawkins Grants Officer

Dawn Addison Hawkins, Grants Officer

Post date: Nov 19 2019 - 2:14pm
Deadline: Dec 13 2019
Program Interest: Community improvement, Economic development, Food, agriculture, fishing & forestry

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