2016 Colorado Regional Grant Competition
The Colorado Farm to School Task Force and CoBank are excited to announce a competitive regional grant program to grow farm to school sales. In 2016, three regions competed for $90,000 to support the development and implementation of on-farm food safety plans for Colorado fruit and vegetable producers who want to sell to Colorado schools. Learn more….
Reoccurring FTS Grant Opportunities
USDA FTS Grant Opportunity
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. The 2017 grant Request for Applications (RFA) is available now!
September 29, 2016: USDA will host a webinar at 1pm EST to review the RFA. Click here to register.
December 8, 2016: FY2017 Farm to School Grant applications due in grants.gov by 11:59pm EST
May 2017: Announce awards
The Colorado Farm to School Task Force has compiled a list of activities/programs funded in the 2015 USDA FTS grant cycle to help inspire and guide you. If you are a Colorado applicant, please contact the Task Force (firstname.lastname@example.org). USDA is highly supportive of multiple district, regional and collaborative efforts. Let the Task Force know of your intent to apply and they will help support your effort. We have also prepared grant writing templates to help you apply for planning grants, implementation grants, or support services grants.
Watch this video for helpful tips on how to write a strong farm to school proposal.
Other USDA Grants and Loans for Farm to School Efforts
Check out funding opportunities for schools, farmers, and communities.
See this helpful matrix on USDA Grants and Loans that Support FTS Activities.
School Garden Grants
Planting the Seeds for Fresh Learning
Whole Kids Foundation created the School Garden Grant Program in partnership with FoodCorps to provide a $2,000 monetary grant to fund school gardens and related activities. Since 2011, we have raised more than $3 million and funded gardening projects at more than 1,500 schools. Check out the online map to see where we have awarded grants.
The Nature Conservancy Garden Grants
Grants will be given in the amount of $1,000 to $2,000 dependent upon the needs of the project. Funds may be used to support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects. Food gardens will also be funded. Apply for the grant online.
Kids Gardening Grants
A resource of the National Gardening Association, various gardening grants and awards are given out yearly. To apply for a grant or sign up for notification of upcoming grant opportunities, go to the Kids Gardening grant page.
A list of grants for cooking and community projects, school gardens grants for master gardeners, and garden supply grants.
List of Many Other Garden Grant Opportunities is available at Growing Safer Gardens
Check out the thirty plus organizations providing grants for gardens.
School Food Services Grants
Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools!
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools rolling grant applications for 2013 are available now. Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. There is one application that accommodates either an application for a single salad bar package or for larger districts, multiple salad bar packages. Schools currently awarded with the Bronze status or above in the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) automatically qualify for a salad bar donation, with the stipulation that the school or district desires and can support a salad bar every day in school lunch.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Our vision is to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and Whole Foods Market to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The goal of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program is to fund and award 6000 salad bars over the next three years.
The Chef Ann Foundation has teamed up with Skoop, a superfoods company committed to bringing the health benefits of superfoods to every American. Together we have launched Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants assist you in expanding your students’ palates, and encouraging increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce through engagement in lunchroom education activities that encourage students to taste new vegetables and fruits offered either in a dish, cooked, or raw – See more at Project Produce Fruit & Veggie Grants for Schools.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. Fuel Up to Play 60 and USDA have announced $35 million in School Nutrition Equipment grants. Next round dates: Online application opens early March 2016. Deadline to apply, June 30, 2016.
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grants
These funds will allow School Food Authorities (SFAs) to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access. State agencies must award these grants via a competitive grant process to SFAs, giving priority to high need schools (i.e., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment) where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
The Office of School Nutrition in the Colorado Department of Education awards NSLF Equipment Grants to Colorado schools. Proposals due Friday, February 26, 2016.