Current grant opportunities for educators to incorporate agriculture into the classroom.
Native American Language Grants
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today launched a request for proposals (RFP) process for its newest effort, the Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). First Nations will award about 12 grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support Native language-immersion and culture-retention programs. The full RFP can be found here. It contains information on eligibility, the application process, grant requirements, selection criteria, allowable activities and more. The application deadline is March 23, 2018. Eligibility is limited to U.S.-based tribal government programs, tribal 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and Native-controlled community organizations with a fiscal sponsor.
Get Out and Grow: School Garden Sweepstakes
Your school could win $15,000 toward a garden—plus a visit from a Team USA Athlete! Smucker Away From Home wants to help schools across the country develop gardens that help cultivate hard work and healthy eating habits. The Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes is open to School Administrators or Foodservice Directors of K-12 schools. Entries are due by March 11, 2018. Learn more and apply here
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Grant
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds to implement initiatives to improve student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity, and the management of chronic conditions in schools. This grant is available to state education agencies (SEAs). Deadline: March 5, 2018.
Get Schools Cooking
Chef Ann Foundation has opened applications for Get Schools Cooking, a comprehensive three-year program that includes on-site assessment, strategic planning, and continued technical support for school districts transitioning to scratch-cooked operations. Learn more and apply here. Deadline for this grant is March 1, 2018.
Scholarships Open for 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers and farm support organizations, farm to college / hospital practitioners, early care and education providers, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22). Learn more and submit your application at farmtocafeteriaconference.org now until the deadline of Feb. 12 at 8pm ET.
Division of Agriculture Opens the Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding Opportunity
The Division of Agriculture announces its Specialty Crop Block Grant funding opportunity open now. The purpose of the grant is to fund projects that will benefit and promote the specialty crop industry in the state of Alaska. We encourage projects that demonstrate innovative partnerships and benefit a variety of specialty crop industry members. Projects are expected to produce a measurable result that impacts the industry in the state of Alaska. Projects that enhance the knowledge or benefit residents are also encouraged. Past project examples include: market access studies, vegetable variety trials, increasing local foods in university meals, connecting farmers and restaurants owners, and increasing peony harvesting. To read the RFP and see who to contact if you have questions please go here. The Letter of Intent is due by 5:00pm (AST) on February 9, 2018.
Seeds for Education Grant Program
Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School Grant Opportunities from USDA
- September/October 2017 - Release of FY 2018 Farm to School Grant RFA
- December 2017 - Applications Due for FY 2018 RFA
- May/June 2018 - Award Announcement for FY 2018 Farm to School Grant
If you are interested in applying for a Farm to School Grant, the FY 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) will be released in the fall of 2017. There are additional funding opportunities for farm to school activities, take a look at the USDA Grants and Loans that Support Farm to School Activities for more details. For more information about the Farm to School Grant program, visit the grant program page for an overview of past grantees, program summary reports, and more.
Ongoing Grant Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools
The Chef Ann Foundation presents Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. This grant is 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. Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding. Learn more and apply.