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Producers to Increase Access to Local Foods for Eligible Schools

FY 2022 Farm to School Grant

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) - Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS)

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01/10/22 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA schools, government agencies, tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, and agricultural producers for programs to increase access to local foods for eligible schools. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools, these grants can help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. These grants are intended as one-time infusions of funds to help grantees accomplish farm to school objectives that will be sustained over the long term. Funds support a wide range of activities from training, planning, and developing partnerships, to creating new menu items, establishing supply chains, offering taste tests to children, purchasing equipment, planting school gardens, and organizing field trips to agricultural operations.

Grant Tracks

Turnkey Grant

  • The Turnkey grant is intended to streamline the application process by providing a pre-designed project work plan with a specific set of activities to complete common farm to school projects. FNS has identified model program designs that organizations can replicate, with flexibility in determining the steps taken to accomplish each prescribed activity. This simplifies the grant process while honoring the flexibilities required for each unique community to implement farm to school programs the way they best see fit.
  • Applicants interested in the Turnkey track may choose from one of four projects: (1) Farm to School Action Plan Development; (2) Agricultural Education Curriculum development and delivery; (3) Edible Garden projects; or (4) USDA Farm to School Producer Training.
  • For details on required activities for each project type, see pages 8-11 of the RFA document in Attached Files below. 

Implementation and State Agency Tracks

  • The Implementation and State Agency tracks provide an opportunity for applicants to propose projects that support innovative, original ideas, and/or encompass a broader scope than the discrete projects and activities prescribed under the Turnkey track.
  • Required Objective: Improve access to local foods in eligible schools through comprehensive farm to school programming that includes local procurement and agricultural education efforts.
  • For examples of activities, see pages 12-14 of the RFA below. 

In addition to the general program purpose and priorities outlined above, USDA emphasizes the following priorities for FY 2022:

  • Applications that serve a high proportion of children (at least 40 percent or more) who are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
  • Applications from Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and eligible entities where the leader, and/or 80 percent of the board, and/or 50 percent of the staff are Native Americans and the proposed projects are serving Native American communities.
  • Applications from eligible entities where the leader, and/or 80 percent of the board, and/or 50 percent of the staff are Black/African American, and the proposed projects are serving Black/African American communities.
  • Applications from eligible entities where the leader, and/or 80 percent of the board, and/or 50 percent of the staff are people of color and the proposed projects are serving communities of color (defined as Black/African American, American Indian, Alaskan native, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and/or Pacific Islander).
  • Applications from small- to medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- to medium-sized agricultural producers. Please refer to the specific eligibility criteria in Section 3.0 for the definition of an eligible small- to medium-sized agricultural producer.
  • Projects located in or targeting Opportunity Zones, as defined by 26 USC Subtitle A, CHAPTER 1, Subchapter Z: Opportunity Zones and identified in IRS Notice 2018-48, 2018–28 Internal Revenue Bulletin 9, July 9, 2018, and IRS Notice 2019-42, 2019–29 Internal Revenue Bulletin, July 15, 2019

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GrantWatch ID#: 154171

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 200

Estimated Size of Grant:

Turnkey grant awards will range up to $50,000, with no minimum award amount.

Implementation and State Agency grants will range from $50,000 - $500,000.

Term of Contract:

- Turnkey Grant (Action Plan and Edible Garden projects): 12 months
- Turnkey Grant (Agricultural Education Curriculum and Producer Training projects): 12 or 24 months
- Implementation grants and State Agency grants: 12 or 24 months


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following eligible entities, which are described in more detail on the RFA:

• Institutions, including schools, school districts, and non-school based sites, that operate the National School Lunch and/or Breakfast Program(s), and non-school based institutions that have an agreement with the State agency to operate CACFP and/or SFSP;
• State agencies;
• Local agencies;
• Indian tribal organizations;
• Agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; and
• Non-profit entities.

For definitions of eligible entities, see pages 19-21 of the RFA (in Attached Files below).

Turnkey Grant Eligibility:
Eligibility varies depending on project selection. For the Action Plan, Agricultural Education Curriculum, and Edible Garden projects, eligible entities are schools or institutions that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Program, National School Lunch Program, or School Breakfast Program; local agencies; Indian tribal organizations; small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers; and non-profit entities. State agencies are NOT eligible to apply for these tracks.

The Producer Training track is available only to State agencies. The State agency is not required to administer the CNPs, but if the applicant does not administer CNPs then the applicant must include a letter of commitment from the CNP-administering State agency.

Implementation Grant Eligibility:
Eligible schools or institutions that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, National School Lunch Program, or School Breakfast Program; local agencies; Indian tribal organizations; small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers; and non-profit entities are eligible to receive Implementation grants. State agencies are ineligible to apply to Implementation grants.

State Agency Grant Eligibility:
Only State agencies are eligible to apply to the Producer Training Turnkey grant or the State Agency grants. Departments of Education, Department of Agriculture, and Departments of Health are all examples of eligible State agencies. Eligibility is not restricted to the State agency that administers the Child Nutrition Programs. Local government agencies, such as city and county governmental agencies, are not eligible to apply to this track or the Producer Training project under the Turnkey track, but may apply for the Implementation track or the Action Planning, Agricultural Education Curriculum, or Edible Garden projects within the Turnkey track.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar Information:

USDA will conduct at least one webinar to review the RFA and address questions regarding the application process. At this time, a general webinar is scheduled for Monday, November 8, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

- Getting Familiar with the FY2022 Farm to School RFA - Monday, November 8, 2021 - 2:30 pm Eastern: In this webinar, the Farm to School Team will provide an overview of the FY2021 Farm to School Program RFA, including updates to eligibility, new turnkey programs and more. Get familiar with the requirements of the RFA and how to submit your completed application on Register for this webinar:

- Getting Your Package Together - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 2:30 pm Eastern: The Farm to School Team will explore the key characteristics of a competitive Farm to School Grant Application. The Team will review the required components and provide technical assistance on how to submit a complete application. Register for this webinar:

For more information and other grant resources, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- Publication Date: October 22, 2021
- Application Due Date: 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST), January 10, 2022
- Estimated Award Date: July 2022

One grant application per entity: Applicants must choose between submitting a Turnkey, Implementation, or State Agency grant request and may only submit one application.

The grant recipient must show evidence of matching support of at least 25 percent of the total budget in the form of cash or in-kind contributions, including facilities, equipment, or services provided by State and local governments, non-profit organizations, and private sources as defined in The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.).

Recipients of Planning Grants and Implementation Grants are required to:
- Attend a mandatory in‐person grantee training meeting hosted by USDA in the first year of the grant period.

USDA strongly encourages applicants to begin the process at least three weeks before the due date and to submit applications to at least one week before the deadline to allow time to troubleshoot any issues, should they arise. The system provides several confirmation notices; applicants should ensure receipt of confirmation that the application was accepted (not just received).

In order to submit an application, applicants must:
- Obtain a DUNS number: In order to obtain a DUNS number, if your organization does not have one, or if you are unsure of your organization’s number, contact Dun and Bradstreet:; It may take 2-3 business days to obtain a DUNS number.
- Register in the System for Award Management (SAM): For additional information regarding SAM, see the following link:
- Register in Visit; For an overview of the application process, visit the “How to Apply for Grants” webpage (

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions regarding this solicitation, please contact the FNS Grant Officer, Anna Arrowsmith, at: Please note that agency contacts are only available during Eastern Standard Time operating hours.

For all questions pertaining to the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, please email Farm to School at

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