[montanafood_ag] FW: Grants for rural community farm to school and community gardens

Matheson, Nancy NMatheson at mt.gov
Fri Jun 18 10:52:12 MDT 2010

Good looking, straight-forward federal grant opportunities currently available to rural communities are described below.

Nancy Matheson
Special Projects Coordinator
Agricultural Marketing and Business Development
Montana Department of Agriculture
303 N. Roberts
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0201
406.444.9442 fax
nmatheson at mt.gov

From: "Debra Eschmeyer" <debraeschmeyer at gmail.com>
To: "COMFOOD" <comfood at elist.tufts.edu>
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:22:18 PM
Subject: [COMFOOD:] Funding Opportunities from USDA! Community Facilities and Hunger-Free Communities Grants

Hi all,

Please take advantage of these funding opportunities!

Community Facilities Grants: Rolling deadline, sooner the better and before August! (rural communities only)

Need funding for Farm to School and live in a rural community of fewer than 20,000 people? Need kitchen equipment? Or land for the school garden? The USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program<http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html> received $44 million in federal funding and an additional $31 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (stimulus) funds that must be awarded by August 2010.  Needless to say, there is money available! Grants range from $20,000 to $60,000.  And they need proposals NOW.

There has been some confusion over match, and yes, it is required, but the percentage depends on community demographics and ranges from 25 percent to 85 percent. Since time is short, the proposals with the greatest likelihood of success this year will be very simple applications for the purchase of equipment. For example, kitchen equipment or salad bars to serve locally-grown products in the cafeteria.  However, the program is not limited to Farm to School, and these funds can be used for other innovative regional food system projects like slaughter facilities, community kitchens, regional food hub buildings, and food desert solutions such as installation of water for community gardens.

Please note that the project must not be a commercial endeavor and must serve the community as a whole. Grants and loans are made to towns, counties, tribes, and NGOs for all types of community facilities.  And a friendly tip: mention Know Your Farmer Know Your Food in your project description!

For more information about this program, or to file an application, first contact the local Rural Development<http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=us&agency=rd> office in your area. For detailed questions about the program, please contact Chad Parker<mailto:chad.parker at wdc.usda.gov>, 202-720-1500 or Beth Jones<mailto:Beth.Jones at usda.gov>, 202-720-149.  If you have recommendations for Farm to School programs that should be funded, please contact Debra Eschmeyer<mailto:deschmeyer at oxy.edu>. Don't delay! Go here<http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-CF_Grants.html> for more information.

Hunger-Free Communities Grants: Due September 1, 2010

On June 8th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will invest in research, planning, and various hunger relief activities through $5 million in funding for the new Hunger-Free Communities<http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/outreach/hfc_grants.htm> grants that was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Through the grants, FNS seeks strategies that support the creation of Hunger-Free Communities by funding activities including food distribution, community outreach, resource development and other methods to make food more accessible to those most in need. Two models of grants will be funded: 1) One million will fund Planning and Assessment Grants to evaluate food insecurity in communities and develop strategies to become hunger-free. 2) The remaining $4 million will support Implementation Grants for communities that already have a plan to end hunger and need resources for program implementation.

These are collaborative grants, and applicants are required to partner with one or more organizations in their communities. Applicants are also required to partner with Food Policy Councils or their functional equivalent at the local level or include the creation of a Food Policy Council as part of their application should one not serve their community. Grant applications may be submitted by email to: HungerFreeCommunities at fns.usda.gov<mailto:HungerFreeCommunities at fns.usda.gov> or through www.grants.gov<http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTg1NjQ2MyZtZXNzYWdlaWQ9UFJELUJVTC04NTY0NjMmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xMjE1ODA1MzU1JmVtYWlsaWQ9ZGVzY2htZXllckBveHkuZWR1JnVzZXJpZD1kZXNjaG1leWVyQG94eS5lZHUmZXh0cmE9JiYm&&&100&&&http://www.grants.gov/>.
Debra Eschmeyer

IATP and Kellogg Food & Society Fellow
Outreach and Communications Director, National Farm to School Network
Center for Food & Justice, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College

c: 419.905.8612
deschmeyer at oxy.edu<mailto:deschmeyer at oxy.edu>

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