With generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CRFS has administered the MI Farm to School Grant Program since 2011.
Since then, about 20 eligible Michigan K-12 schools/districts and early care and education programs each year were provided mini-grants (up to $2,000 each) to plan for or implement farm to school programs focused on local food purchasing. Grantees were each able to participate for up to three years in an effort to ensure the sustainability of farm to school programs into the future. To date, the grant program has supported over 70 distinct programs with over $200,000 in grant awards to increase the amount of local foods purchased and served in food service programs, thereby increasing kids’ access to healthy, fresh, local foods.
The 2017-2018 year will be the final year of the grant program and will not include an open call for applications in order to prioritize sustainability planning of grantees already participating in the program.