Thursday, May 17, 2012

2012/06/15 Farm to School Grant Program

Update!  Please note that the deadline has changed for this Grant. The original deadline that we posted was for the optional Letter of Intent. If you did not submit a letter of intent by the May 18, 2012 deadline - you are still eligible to participate in this grant! Please review this information and keep in mind that the final application deadline is June 15, 2012.


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. The USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) is charged with implementing the farm to school program. 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.

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. 

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • April 17, 2012: Request for Applications Released
  • May 18, 2012: (Suggested) Letter of Intent Deadline
  • June 15, 2012: Proposals Due
  • (Pending the Availability of Federal Funds) Shortly after October 1, 2012: Awards Announced and Funds Available

CCR and Grants.gov Registration:
Please note that it will take 3-5 business days or up to two weeks before your Central Contractor Registration (CCR) can become active. CCR registration must be completed and active prior to applying through Grants.gov. Grants.gov registration takes approximately 3-5 business days to become active.

Webinars to Learn More:
Two webinars will be offered so that grant applicants can learn more about this grant opportunity. To receive additional information about webinars, please be sure to register for the Farm to School Listserve.
  • Tuesday, May 15th, 3:00 pm EST
    (note: this is a time change) Implementation grants
  • Thursday, May 17th, 1:00 EST Planning grants

The webinars will help to explain to interested applicants the details of the grant, and will include a brief Q and A session. Interested parties may submit questions ahead of time via the registration link below. These sessions will be recorded and posted here shortly following the sessions.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR TO PARTICIPATE

To register for the webinars, please visit http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g4f5f4.

Read more at the grant website:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/f2_grant_program.htm