The Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub is Coming Soon

The Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub is a USDA-funded grant-making initiative that reimagines students’ meals.


The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is a part of the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub, which supports people working to improve meals in schools across Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana — especially in areas that don’t have equitable access to resources. Our USDA-funded grant-making initiative offers funding, training and other assistance to partnerships that include farmers, food producers, suppliers, distributors, schools and organizations.

In February 2024, we’ll open applications for two new funding opportunities: the Spark Awards and the Innovation Collaborative Awards. Additional grant cycles will continue through 2028. Spark Awards fund projects that need a short-term infusion of funds for school food system and product improvements, such as capacity-building, planning and product-testing projects. Innovation Collaborative Awards fund projects that promote systems-level change of the school food system, such as scaling up of programs, forming regional partnerships, or developing or integrating new programs or products.

Wonder if you have what it takes to go after these opportunities? Don't hesitate! We can help guide you through the application process, and all our grantees receive ongoing support tailored to their needs and goals.

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For questions, please contact Michigan State Lead, Megan McManus at



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