The following initiatives and agencies offer funding opportunities for Farm to School initiatives.
Team Nutrition Grants — USDA Food & Nutrition Service — The request for applications for the FY 2013 Team Nutrition Training Grants is now posted on Grants.gov and the Team Nutrition web site. Applications due June 5.
Roadmaps to Health Prize — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) — RWFJ is starting a new round of the Roadmaps to Health Prize and is a great opportunity to show off the progress you are making in your community. Be sure to check out last year’s winners (including a nod to Minneapolis) from across the nation for inspiration.
USDA Grants and Loans for Farm to School Efforts — While not a necessity to begin or sustain Farm to School activities, additional funding resources may assist schools and farmers in carrying out their Farm to School efforts. USDA has several available grant and loan opportunities that can assist the school to farmer connection, teach students about fresh local products, and help farmers and schools to purchase equipment to augment Farm to School efforts.
Minnesota Department of Health – Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) — SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives.
Ag Literacy Grant Program— Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Youth Garden Grants Program — National Gardening Association
Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities — Seed grants of $500 or less are available to United States-based schools and nonprofit environmental and educational organizations for hands-on projects that engage children and youth in improving the environment.
USDA’s Rural Development Department Community Facilities (CF) Grant — This is a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations, public bodies, and tribal organizations in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population to upgrade their community’s child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products.