FY 19 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants.
Farm to School Grant Program
Last Published: 10/03/2018
Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act was amended to create a Farm to School Progam to:
- Distribute grant funding to improve access to local foods in schools;
- Provide training and technical assistance to improve access to local foods in schools; and,
- Disseminate research and data on existing programs and opportunities for expansion.
On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants to be used for for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Farm to School Grant Program was appropriated additional funding. In FY 2019 and FY 2020, OCFS will release approximately $7.5 million to help reach more communities seeking to incorporate local products into the school meal programs, integrate agricultural education into the classroom, and cultivate and expand school gardens.