Friday, May 25, 2012

Farm to School Grant Program, rural school districts

Farm to School Grant Program

Department of Agriculture


The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 04/16/2012 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.
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Description of Modification
Please complete the additional Free and Reduced Price Meal Participation form for your grant project (Planning or Implementation) and submit this form with your application package. This is a required form. The form is located on the Farm to School Website at:
Document Type:Modification to Previous  Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:USDA-FNS-F2S-2012
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Posted Date:Apr 16, 2012
Creation Date:May 24, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:Jun 15, 2012   
Current Closing Date for Applications:Jun 15, 2012   
Archive Date:Jul 15, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Food and Nutrition 
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:60
Estimated Total Program Funding:$3,500,000
Award Ceiling:$100,000
Award Floor:$20,000
CFDA Number(s):10.575  --  Farm to School Grant Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:Yes

Eligible Applicants

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Eligible Schools State and Local Agencies Indian Tribal Organizations Agricultural Producers (or groups of Producers) Non-profit Entities 

Agency Name

Food and Nutrition Service


The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) amended Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) to establish 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 HHFKA, effective October 1, 2012, $5 million willbe provided to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on an annual basis tosupport grants, technical assistance, and the Federal administrative costs related to USDA’s farm to school program. This Request for Applications (RFA) provides additional details regarding the grants aspect of the farm to school program.The USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) is charged with implementing the farm to schoolprogram. In this first funding cycle, FNS anticipates awarding up to $3.5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. It is anticipated that the remaining $1.5 million will support a combination of training and technical assistance,administrative costs, and/or additional farm to school grants.Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of Federal funds. Applicants are encouraged to first submit a Letter of Intent and then apply for either a Planning Grant or an Implementation Grant. Planning grants are expected to range from $20,000-$45,000 and represent approximately 25 percent of the total awards. Implementation grants are expected to range from $65,000 - $100,000 and represent approximately 75 percent of the total awards. For both types of grants, the applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the costs of the grant project as the Federal share of costs for this grant cannot exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project, as required by the HHFKA.Applicants must choose between submitting a Planning grant or an Implementation grant. Onlyone application per eligible entity is permitted. Please complete and submit the additional Free and Reduced Price Meal Participation Form located on the F2S website for your grant project. This is a required form. Additional information on the Farm to School Program is available at 

Link to Additional Information

Farm to School Grant Information Page

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Gregory Walton
Grants Officer
Grant Officer E-mail Address

Synopsis Modification History

The following files represent the modifications to this synopsis with the changes noted within the documents. The list of files is arranged from newest to oldest with the newest file representing the current synopsis. Changed sections from the previous document are shown in a light grey background.
File NameDate
Modification #6May 21, 2012
Modification #5May 09, 2012
Modification #4Apr 24, 2012
Modification #3Apr 17, 2012
Modification #2Apr 17, 2012
Modification #1Apr 17, 2012
Original SynopsisApr 16, 2012

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