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Minnesota Farm to School and Early Care and Education Grants (due: Nov. 16)

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will make Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants available for K-12 institutions and early care and education organizations. The MDA has sample grants available to support you in applying. Jackie Kanthak from Alice Smith Elementary in Hopkins makes sauce from local tomatoes using a commercial immersion blender funded by the AGRI Farm to School Grant program. The MDA will award up to $400,000 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota grown and raised foods through planning grants or equipment purchases and physical improvements. AGRI Farm to School Grants have assisted schools and early care and education organizations purchase food processors, cooling and storage equipment, and specialized ovens to make it easier to serve Minnesota grown produce, meat and dairy. Past grantees have utilized planning grant funds to develop their Farm

USDA Farm to School Grant (Due Dec. 8)

The USDA Office of Community Food Systems has released the FY 2018 Farm to School Request for Applications (RFA). The National Farm to School Network is available on a consultation basis to provide assistance to potential applicants in the areas of: planning and preparing the application, customized support for Native communities, evaluation, and focus on early care and education/pre-K. [link no longer available] 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 up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Applications are due Dec. 8, 2017. Check out the resources for applicants and see a list of awardees since the release of the first RFA in 2013. More information ab