This month, the USDA announced some important (and exciting!) news regarding the Farm to School Grant Program schedule. The FY2017 schedule will be delayed in anticipation of the results of the Child Nutrition Act's reauthorization process in Congress (CNR is the authorizing legislation for the grant program). From the USDA announcement:
In anticipation of change, there will be a delay in the release of the FY2017 request for applications from February to September. In addition to preparing for the potential changes in the authorizing legislation, a schedule change will allow time to review the program’s current policies and procedures, taking into account feedback from past applicants and grantees, and program evaluation results. Below is the anticipated updated schedule:
September 2016: Release FY2017 request for Farm to School Grant applications
November 2016: FY2017 Farm to School Grant applications due
May 2017: Announce awards
As we've recently reported, CNR has seen unilateral support throughout the process as well as some encouraging big wins. Most recently, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed the newest draft of the bill, Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016. This version includes changes that impact the scope of the Farm to School Grant Program.
For more information about the Farm to School grant Program as well as regarding other exciting USDA grant opportunities, visit the Department's Community Food Systems website.