[montanafood_ag] USDA Farm to School grant RFA

Kevin Moore kmoore at aeromt.org
Tue Apr 17 10:11:50 MDT 2012


Hi All,


The USDA released the Request for Applications for its Farm to School grants
program. There are many schools and other entities in Montana that would be
competitive applicants for this Farm to School planning or implementation
funding.  Following is grant program overview information and visit the full
RFA on the USDA Farm to School website
<http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/f2_grant_program.htm> . 


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. 

Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to
availability of Federal funds. 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

.         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 

 

 

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