MI Farm to School Grant Program Now Accepting Applications!
By Abby Harper and Colleen Matts, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
The MI Farm to School Grant Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year! With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems will award roughly 20 Michigan K-12 schools/districts and early childhood programs funds to plan for or implement farm to school programs that focus on purchasing and utilizing local foods in child nutrition programs. Grants are available for up to $2,000 in funding per program, however sites serving a smaller number of children are encouraged to apply for funding adequate to their needs. The grant year is September 6, 2016 – June 7, 2017.
The MI Farm to School Grant Program offers planning and implementation grants to eligible applicants. K-12 schools/districts and early childhood programs must have at least 50% free and reduced-price meal enrollment, or equivalent, to be eligible.
- Planning Grants help schools/districts and early childhood programs plan for integrating local foods into their meal programs and ultimately develop a “Farm to School Action Plan” to begin a farm to school program.
- Implementation Grants help schools/districts and early childhood programs put existing farm to school plans into action and ultimately develop a “Farm to School Sustainability Plan” to keep the program going in future years.
Applications are due by 5 pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016.