Funding Opportunities to Check Out this Spring!

This spring is positively blooming with funding opportunities for all manner of farm to school programs! Check 'em out. 

  1. Seeds of Change Grant Program is seeking to support schools and community programs that enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities. Applications are due March 28th. More info can be found here.
  2. Spring 2016 Team Up for Healthy School Gardens Grant program aims to help install or enhance educational gardens at school and community centers. Only those located in 12 select cities (New Orleans is one of them!) are eligible to apply. Applications are due March 31st, 2016. More info can be found here
  3. The Carton 2 Garden Spring 2016 contest will award funding to those school gardens who best demonstrate creativity by re-using cartons in the garden. Applications are due April 13th. More info can be found here
  4. Whole Kids Foundation's Extended Learning Garden Grant program seeks to support edible educational gardens (not located at a school). Applications open on September 1st and will close October 31st, 2016. More info can be found here
  5. The Home Depot Foundation's Community Impact Grants are available to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Applications are currently being accepted. More info can be found here
  6. T&L Foundation for Child Care Information Mini-Grants seek to support programs that create a healthier environment for children in child care. Applications are due April 13th. More info can be found here
  7. USDA Farmers Market (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program Grants (LFPP): FMPP grants support direct producer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.  LFPP funding supports projects that develop, improve, and expand local and regional food business intermediary supply chain activities. Applications are due May 12th. More info can be found here
  8. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Federal State Marketing Improvement Grants:  AMS is making approximately $1 million in grant funding available to support research projects addressing challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally. The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides funds to state departments of agriculture, state colleges and universities, and other appropriate state agencies. Applications are due May 12th. More info can be found here
  9. USDA's Team Nutrition Grants: USDA's Team Nutrition provides technical assistance, training, and nutrition education resources for schools and child care providers participating in USDA's child nutrition programs. Applications are due May 20th. More info can be found here
  10. Chef Ann Foundation's Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools is a grant program designed to help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's nutrition program. Applications currently being accepted. More info can be found here